By Adeboye Amosu: Home-based Super Eagles midfielder, Dayo Ojo, says the pains of his exclusion from Nigeria’s squad to the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda has spurred him to give his best to the Nigerian team in Morocco, Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.
Ojo, who was a key member of the team that qualified for CHAN 2016 was left out of the final squad by the then head coach of the side, Sunday Oliseh.
The Sunshine Stars player was handed his first start of the competition against Equatorial Guinea on Monday and he repaid the coach Salisu Yusuf’s faith in him by scoring a wonderful goal and was also voted man of the match after the game.
“I still don’t know why I was dropped from the team that went to Rwanda in 2016, but I believe God knows best,” Ojo nicknamed ‘Solution’ by his admirers informed Completesportsnigeria. com.
“As you can see, I was not part of the team that qualified for this competition and didn’t even play in the WAFU Nations Cup in Ghana.
“It’s a good thing that the head coach who was part of the technical crew then recognises my ability and gave me the chance to play for the team again.
”I must confess, the disappointment of missing out of Rwanda 2016 has really inspired me to do well in this competition.”
Ojo who had a short stint with Sudanese club, Al Merreikh, last year before returning to Sunshine Stars where he recently penned a new one-year contract also plays down his man of the match award, insisting that it was the victory against the Nzalang Nacional that trilled him most.
“It’s good when you are recognised for doing well in a game, but the most important thing is that we won the game.” he stated.
“The award would have been useless if we had failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.”