Chikatara, Obaroakpo Unfazed By Eagles Blackout, Vow To Make Big Comeback
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles duo of Chisom Chikatara and Austin Obaroakpo who were dropped by Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia, have vowed to bounce back to the national team stronger despite their latest disappointments, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Siasia have named six home-based Super Eagles players that will team up with the overseas-based stars for the qualifiers on Friday at the Ahmedu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, and next week Tuesday in Alexandria.
Siasia kept faith with players he has worked with in the past; from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to the 2015 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Dakar, Senegal. They are goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa; defenders -Chibuzor Okonkwo, Etim Matthew and Kalu Orji, while midfielders Ifeanyi Matthew and Oghenekaro Etebo also made the cut.
The two players spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on Monday and reflected on their experiences of being dropped from the squad to face Egypt in Kaduna and Alexandria.
"Thank you for your concern, but I'm not disappointed because not everyone will play. I'm not sad at all. My time to play regularly in the Super Eagles will come," Chisom Chikatara who plays for Abia Warriors but will team up with Morrocan side, Wydad Casablanca at the end of the season told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I wish my friends all the best in the matches against Egypt. For now, I'm not even thinking of the next qualifiers against Tanzania and Chad, but to focus on my club games. I will definitely play for Super Eagles regularly in future."
Chikatara, a star of the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda where he netted four goals signed a three-year pre-contract with Wydad Casablanca.
On his part, defender Austin Obaroakpo who captains Abia Warriors, went philosophical when Completesportsnigeria.com sought his view on the decision of Samson Siasia.
"What will be will be. I'm not the coach who makes the decisions. If he has settled for other defenders, then I have to take it that way," Obaroakpo stated.
"All I know is that I'll keep working hard. When it is my time,I'll shine. I still believe I can play as many games as possible for Nigeria," the central defender said.
The Eagles will depart Abuja for Kaduna on Tuesday for the first leg of the two games against the Pharaohs of Egypt.