Former Manchester City and England U-21 player Nedum Onuoha was in India as part of City's treble trophy—FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League—tour. Now 36, Onuoha was a highly regarded prospect—a versatile defender with good recovery pace. But, injuries meant that he was unable to fulfil the promise he showed. He still played around 100 times for City between 2004 and 2012 and was at the club when the new era began. He has since witnessed with delight the meteoric rise of his beloved club to become, arguably, the best football team in the world today.
Onuoha is now an ambassador for City and he spoke to journalists at a roundtable in Kochi on September 22, during the first of the tour's two stops in India (the second is in Mumbai). Having risen through the ranks at City's youth academy, he spoke of how there is more emphasis on youth development now, City's chances of repeating the treble and the phenomenon that is Erling Haaland.