Eagles’ call up excites Udoji

Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji cannot hide his excitement at being called up to the Super Eagles for the June 13 AFCON Qualifier against Chad in Kaduna.

Football fans, writers and pundits had for the last two years topped Udoji to make his Super Eagles debut but he was never invited by the coach, Stephen Keshi who preferred the home based quartet of Solomon Kwambe, Kunle Odunlami, Azubuike Egwuekwe and lately Chima Akas.

However, Udoji was listed amongst 26 players from the Nigerian league for the squad, a development that got him excited

 “Seriously, I have to appreciate God for it. I know this call up has been in the making but I really didn’t expect it this time,” Udoji told naijafootball247.com.

“Now it has come I know I really have to work hard to prove to the coach that he didn’t make a mistake to call me to the national team,” Enyimba’s captain said.

“It’s not about being on the list. I cannot go there just to make up the numbers. I have to fight because the national team is not an easy place to be. And you know this is my first call up,” he said.

Having waited so long for this call up, Udoji believes he can add something to the national team.

“The defenders are my friends. I know them well and we all have our qualities. The national team is not a club side but I believe I have my part to play in it.

“I hope the coach gives me playing time and if he does, he can be sure I will play according to his instructions to the fullest.

“They are doing well already but I have to add my own quota. They are doing well and have not been conceding a lot of goals, but that doesn’t mean I do not have a part to play in it,” Udoji said.

Nigeria’s squad for Chad

Meanwhile, head coach of the national team, on Sunday night made public a list of foreign based players to join up with 26 based in the home league for the game against Chad on June 13.

Top on the list is captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama.

The list also has the likes of Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and Watford striker, Odion Ighalo.


Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France)

Defenders: Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough FC, England); Leon Balogun (Darmstadt 98, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (FC Dordrecht, The Netherlands); Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine); Rabiu Ibrahim (AS Trencin, Slovakia); Anderson Esiti (Estoril FC, Portugal); Steven Ukoh (Biel-Bienne FC, Switzerland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China); Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England)


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves); IkechukwuEzenwa (Sunshine Stars); ChidiebereEze (Gabros International)

Defenders: Solomon Kwambe (Warri Wolves); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Gabros International); Idris Aloma (Enyimba FC); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Nelson Ogbonnaya (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba FC); Samuel Olabisi (FC Taraba); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)

Midfielders: Nathaniel Joseph (Sharks FC); Michael Egbeta (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Igbinosa Esosa (NasarawaUnited); Moses Ekpai Ubong (Kano Pillars); Henlong Charles (Giwa FC)

Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Ibrahim Shaibu (Giwa FC); Joe Omale (Dekina Dragons); Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves); Ezekiel Mbah (Kano Pillars); Onoriode Odah (Enugu Rangers); Azeez Shobowale (Kano Pillars)

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