South Africa's Thamsanqa Mkhize (L) vies for the ball with Nigeria's Collins Jamilu during the African Cup of Nations qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria on November 17, 2018 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)


Super Eagles left-back, Jamilu Collins has revealed that former Chelsea and Newcastle defender, Celestine Babatunde is his role model whilst, reports.

Exclusively speaking to, the SC Paderborn left back, said he watched Celestine Babayaro in his childhood days and learnt a lot from his playing style.

“Growing up, Babayaro’s name was on the mouth of every Nigerian football fan, so I started watching him as a kid and I became a fan of his playing style which I have tried to adapt over the years,” Collins said.




The 24- year-old also asserted that Real Madrid’s veteran defender Marcelo Vieira is another beautiful left back of the game he watches regularly and also loves his defensive techniques.

Jamilu has been ever-present for the German side this season, putting in a series of impressive displays.

SC Paderborn is currently 3rd on the German second division log but will be hoping for a promotion to the 1st tier with a victory against FC Heidenheim on Sunday.