Enugu Rangers striker Ejike Uzoenyi is a happy man and has stated that his first real test for the Super Eagles is the catalyst that will motivate him to greater heights.
Ejike told Goal.com that he approached the game against Rwanda as someone who has been given the opportunity to finally showcase his talent to the world.
"I want to thank God for everything. I also want to thank the Super Eagles led by big boss Stephen Keshi for finding me worthy to play in such an important game,” Uzoenyi said.
"When I knew that I would start, I prayed and told myself that this is an opportunity for me and the home based players to prove that we are also good.
"There are other home based players that started the game and it was a good game by all standards.
"The foreign based players also helped us to settle down. And we learnt so much from them.
"It was good training and playing together with them and I want to say that the future of the Super Eagles is very bright," Uzoenyi concluded.
The former Enyimba winger was one of the few Super Eagles players that received commendation from football fans after the game.