Bassey Ezekiel, Gomo Onduku and Tony Okpotu are over the moon after they were named among 23 Nigerian home-grown players for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.
The three players, who play for Nigeria Premier League, NPL, teams, could not contain their excitement when they spoke to supersport.com yesterday.
Lobi left-back, Ezekiel said: “I wasn’t really expecting this 100 per cent but I always knew I had a chance of being called up to the team based on my recent performance at my club. I must admit I was excited when I was told because it is my first time to be invited to the national team.
Sharks’ winger, Onduku believes the call presents him with a clear chance of breaking on to the international scene.
“I’m happy this is happening now as I’m in my best form and I’m also healthy. Personally this is a chance to show I can give my best to my country and hopefully I’ll prove that to the coaches,” said the former Bayelsa United man, who netted nine goals last term.
Okpotu, who has already featured for the Nigerian U-20 team, was minimal with words as he could only relish the moment.
“I’m so happy. It’s a dream come true for me as a player,” said the Lobi Stars’ striker.
It is the first time the three players are being called to the Super Eagles.