By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles invitees, Carl Ikeme and William Troost Ekong, have both expressed happiness following their invitation to the senior national team ahead of the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania.
In his 18-man foreign-based list released on Monday, coach Sunday Oliseh handed Ikeme his first call-up to the national team, while Troost Ekong was part of the team that defeated Chad.
Reacting to the invitaion, Ikeme, who is not the Championship side’s first choice keeper at the moment, stated that he feels excited getting his first call-up for Nigeria.
“Very excited to be involved in my first Nigeria squad !! Thank you for all your kind messages and support,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
On his part, Ekong tweeted that he is proud being invited to the team again.
The Norway-based defender wrote: “Very happy with my Super Eagles call-up. Nothing better than representing your nation! #proud #allglorytoGod.”
Born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, Ikeme progressed through Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academy and made the first team squad in their 2003–04 Premier League season.
Due to limited playing time, he had to go on loan to several clubs which include Acrinton Stanley, Stockport, Charlton Athletic, QPR and Middlesbrough.
He is currently with Wolverhampton where he is contracted until summer of 2017.