Nigeria teenage sensation and former Golden Eaglet star Samuel
Chukwueze has promised to be available next year’s African Youth
Championship in Niger.
The Nigeria U-20 team sealed their qualification in style on Saturday
at the Agege Stadium in Lagos as they thumped their counterparts from
Mauritania 5-0 to booked their place in the Championship with a 6-1
Chukwueze missed the AYC qualifiers due to an extended season with the
Yellow Submarines’s team B which saw play in the Segunda Division
play-off where Villarreal reached the final before losing to Elche.
After confirming his availability for the final qualifying round
against Mauritania to coach Paul Aigbogun, the Villarreal midfielder
was forced to miss the clash after being called up to join the senior
squad for their pre-season tour.
The promotion came at the back of an impressive first season with the
Yellow Submarines which saw him score over 10 goals for Villarreal’s
cadet teams, including an incredible solo goal against Athletic Bilbao
in the play-offs that had fans chanting ‘Messi, Messi’.
Reacting to the emphatic victory over Mauritania, Chukwueze who was
part of a star studded team which Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimehn
that failed to qualify for the last AYC, congratulated the Flying
Eagles for a job well done and promised he’ll do his best to be
available for the tournament .
He said: ” I want to say a very big congratulations to the team and
the coach, I’m very happy for the victory over Mauritania and the
qualification for the AYC.
“It was quite unfortunate that was unavailable for the match because
of my club engagements. I’m disappointed I missed the match but by the
grace of God I hope to be available if I’m called for to represent my
country in any level.”
The former Diamond Academy star had a debut season to remember after
joining the Yellow Submarines following his failed move to Arsenal,
scoring eight goals for their U19s before being promoted to the team B
where he bagged three goals on their way to the Segunda B play-off
final where they lost to Elche.
Chukweze was an integral member of Nigeria’s team that won the U17
World Cup in 2015 where he won the Bronze Boot.