Saviour Godwin is delighted to score his first international goals for Nigeria after eight appearances with the U-17 and the U-20 teams.
Godwin admitted that his teammates made it easy for him to with their encouragement ahead of his first start at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
“All the credit goes to my team-mates,” the youngster told the media after his brace helped seal a 4-0 win over North Korea..
“It’s fantastic. To score my first international goals in this context obviously brings on a lot of emotions.
“They made the conditions ideal for me during the game, and before it as well with their encouragement ahead of my first start. They asked me to give everything, so that’s what I did. The coach didn’t tell me anything specific, but I didn’t need any extra motivation.”
He however refuted claims that he was desperate to prove a point to the coach when he was picked to start ahead of Granada of Spain forward Isaac Success.
“Was this about proving a point? I don’t know about that,” he said. “It’s up to the coach to make his decisions and I just have to accept them. Today he gave me a chance to express myself and I seized it.”
Nigeria’s final group match against Hungary at Stadium Taranaki on Sunday promises to be a cracker with a top-16 spot on the line.