— Eagles Call-Up Excites China-Based Striker
By David Meshioye:
Guangzhou RF striker, Aaron Samuel, has expressed his delight and relief over his invitation for the June 6 AFCON qualifier against Chad in Kaduna.
In an exclusive chat with completesportsnigeria.com from his base in China, the former Sarpsborg 08 striker hinted that he would be available for the much anticipated encounter come hell or high water, as Nigeria attempt to return to the pinnacle of African football.
He posited that paramount before him would be how to condition himself for the match to ensure the Super Eagles begin the qualifiers on a sound footing, thereby avoiding some of the pitfalls that characterized the country’s non-qualification for the last AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
Samuel however stated that he is not expecting an easy ride for Nigeria in the qualifiers, despite being pitted against Egypt, Tanzania and Chad.
“I am excited by the invitation to say the least," he told completesportsnigeria.com on Mondya. "It means a lot is expected from me and my teammates when we return for the qualifier. I really have to work hard and pay back with goals.
"I think there is no small opponent in Africa anymore, our last experience in the qualifiers has taught me that. I don’t expect an easy game against Chad but we will give our best to pick the three points.”
Samuel made his Super Eagles debut in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan which Nigeria lost 1–0 in Khartoum.
The former Valerenga striker opened his goals account in a 3–1 home victory against Sudan. He restored Nigeria’s lead in the 66th minute when he stabbed home a loose ball after a mix-up between Sudan goalkeeper Akram El Hadi and his defender. He later scored his second goal for Nigeria in a 2-0 away victory over Congo
Barring any last minutes hitches, Aaron Samuel is expected to hit Super Eagles camp next week.
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