By Johnny Edward:
Abia Warriors FC hat-trick hero Chisom Chikatara is eager to impress handlers of the home-based Super Eagles team after being drafted in to replace Godwin Obaje ahead of Nigeria’s 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt on October 18.
Obaje according to reports has gone for trials with an unnamed club in the Middle East and Chikatara was promptly called up as replacement for the Wikki Tourists striker.
The 20-year-old who has netted 13 league goals so far this season told Completesportsnigeria.com his call was a surprise for him following his heroics against Rangers over the weekend.
"I'm happy with this and I hope to impress the coaches to make the final squad," Chikatara told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Chikatara also noted that Abia Warrior worked hard enough to grab all the three points at stake, but lamented that fate played a fast one on them as Rangers equalised to make it 3-3 during the second minute of the added three minutes in the 92nd minute.
He added: "We were unlucky to have lost two valuable points from the game but I believe we have learnt lessons of how to seal up games with seconds remaining."
The return leg fixture with Burkina Faso comes up in Ouagadougou on October 25.