By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:
Amkar Perm of Russia defender Brian Idowu has expressed his appreciation to Nigeria and coach Gernot Rorh for the opportunity to play international football.
Speaking to Completesportsnigeria.com at the Super Eagles pre-World Cup training camp in Uyo, the 26-year-old also commented on the journey it has been for him from being a virtual unknown to a World Cup prospect in just six months.
“It’s been a remarkable experience for me. One minute nobody knew me and the next I have the chance to play at the World Cup. It is more like a dream for me, really. I will give my best always in order to justify the confidence of the coaches,” Idowu told CSN.
Born of a Russian mother, Idowu is also eligible to play for the 2018 World Cup hosts but he claimed the decision to play for Nigeria was a very easy one to make for him.
“My father’s from Nigeria and I know he’s always going to be proud of me. Besides Nigeria gave me the opportunity to play for the national team and I will be forever grateful for that,” he told CSN.
Idowu made his international debut for the Super Eagles in last November’s friendly international game against Argentina and scored one of the goals in a 4-2 win.
He was also in action in the last two friendly games against Poland and Serbia.