Onyekachi Okafor relishing chance to play for Super Eagles

The Seasiders striker, who was called up as a replacement for injured Brown Ideye, has expressed his joy at his invitation to the Nigeria squad for two upcoming friendly matches
Warri Wolves’ Onyekachi Okafor has expressed delight at his invitation to the Super Eagles’ double header with the Cranes of Uganda and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana slated for Wednesday and Sunday in Uyo and Nelspruit respectively.

The former Crown FC striker told Goal exclusively that he is elated with his invitation and can’t wait to resume training with the senior national team for him to seize the initiative presented him with both hands.

Okafor was invited as a last minute replacement for injured West Bromwich Albion forward, Brown Aide Ideye but the striker says he sees the call up as his own turn to contribute his quota to the development of his country and the senior national team.

“I am happy with the invitation and it was the reason I ensured I stopped all other things I was doing to honour this invitation. It is an opportunity for me and I intend using it to my advantage so as to get another call up next time," Onyekachi told Goal.

“I want to thank coach Amokachi for believing in me and I want to assure him that I won’t disappoint in camp at all. I will continue to relish the chance to play for my country."

Warri Wolves media officer Moses Etu disclosed that the Super Eagles’ acting coach Daniel Amokachi was impressed with the striker when he watched him in the Seasiders’ opening game of the season against Ifeanyi Uba FC.

Etu said Okafor shone brilliantly despite the fact that Warri Wolves lost 2-0 in Nnewi.

He said Amokachi revealed that he was impressed with the striker's tactical ability and his interpretation of the coaches’ instructions throughout his duration on the pitch.