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Udegbe: I’m Ready To Fight For Super Eagles No.1 Shirt

Udegbe: I’m Ready To Fight For Super Eagles No.1 Shirt

By Johnny Edward:
German-born Nigerian goalkeeper, Robin Udegbe, is incredibly determined to jostle with Francis Uzoho and the other goalkeepers for the Super Eagles’ first choice spot if he gets an invitation to the Nigeria camp, Completesportsnigeria.com report.

The 27-year-old has kept four clean sheets in 12 German Regionalliga West games (fourth division) for RW Oberhausen so far this season, and he is confident of getting a chance to represent his fatherland.

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Udegbe was born and raised in Kiel, Northern Germany but his father hails from Awkuzu in Anambra while his mother is a German.

“In the past, there was a short contact exchange between the same person that scouted Leon Balogun for Nigeria in Germany and the handlers of the team, he also saw me and spoke to me,” Udegbe began in an interview with CSN.

“But it does not matter what happened the past. I’m working hard every day and trying to improve myself so that when I get the privilege of getting invited to the Super Eagles, I will take the chance.

“Uzoho is a good goalkeeper, but I hope I get a chance to fight for the spot like the others have.”

Udegbe says that he looking forward to reuniting with Ahmed Musa in the Super Eagles.

Udegbe played alongside Ahmed Musa and the trio of Uche Nwofor, Michael Uchebo and Alex Emenike at Dutch side VVV Venlo during the 2012/13 season.

“I had a great time at VVV Venlo with Ahmed Musa, Uche Nwofor, Michael Uchebo, and Alex Emenike. We were used to spending time together after training and ate together at their houses. I’m still in contact with Musa and we talk on the social media whenever there is time.

“I look forward to playing alongside him (Musa) again because he is a very good individual.”

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Udegbe also expresses his confidence that Nigeria will beat Libya over two legs in the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers.

“Nigeria has got great players, so I don’t see Libya standing a chance against us,” he enthused.

“I follow Nigerian football all the time. I try to watch all the games on TV if there is the possibility. Nigeria has a lot of great players and a great future. I played with Ahmed Musa at VVV Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie. So I know for sure that he is a standout player.

“Also the captain John Mikel Obi, to mention a few, do stand out too. But meanwhile football is not about the single individual but rather it is about the whole team.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 11
  • balorx 2 months ago

    rohr simply wont invite you!

  • Every Tom dick and Harry wants to play for Nigeria. What has the super eagles turn to? A division 4 player.
    It is not his fault. Gernot Rohr started this nonesence by making a division 3 goalkeeper the number one at the world cup. How come a division 10 goalkeeper will not think he is good enough for the super eagles.
    Next now you will hear an alian from Mars saying he wants to play for Nigeria because the colour of his skin is green….

  • balorx 2 months ago

    if he was playing in the bundesliga, he wouldn’t have thought about playing for naija…. look at sane, if he was playing in a second division league, he too would have said that he dreamt of playing for Senegal. bunch of unpatriotic players

  • Nzeruo Remigius 2 months ago

    All those condemning this guy are making a grave mistake. The division he plays in germany does not make him a good or bad goalkeeper. Moreover he has the right to ask for such. It is left for the coach or those scouting players for him to decide. We should thank him for his interest in his fathers land.

  • Tbaba 2 months ago

    I have never been convinced by Super Eagles ability under Rohr. Unlike during the days of Okocha , Kanu and Amokachi, the current eagles dont have a particular style. They are bunch of average guys

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 months ago

    Udegbe, may your wish come true my fellow Countryman. This is the spirit you need and expects of every player to want to play for their beloved Country no matter where they come from or the League they are playing in. If in the immediate future Udegbe proves to be better than Ezenwa or Akpeyi, why not ?. I find some commentators here very immature and embarrassing when l read their comments. If you have nothing good to say about another person whom you have not known or seen before please, you do yourself a lot of goods by keeping mute.

  • Omo9ja 2 months ago

    We don’t have lazy Nigerian youth but lazy German Nigerian coach who refused to give players or goalkeeper their chances to prove their worth.

    How could a coach who knows his job well would behave like this? No competition in the team. Even, if we qualify to the Afcon next year, how far can we go in the tournament?

    I said it few days ago that we have good goalkeepers and players out there that wants to represent their fatherland but if you are not German born Nigerian players you have no spot in his team.

    This coach even has many fans here who believed in him so much because they don’t see anything wrong with the coach but for me, it is totally different because I don’t follow someone without pointing out errors if he makes one.

    How old was George Campus of Mexico in the 90s? How about Owen of England at France 98?

    No matter where the league you play in, as long as you have what it takes, you deserve a call from the national team coach. Though, he can’t call anybody to the national team but that is not the issue but if you are good enough why not?

    Nigeria is not Togo, Tanzania or Libya even South Africa in terms of football. So, Mr. Rohr have to understand this. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Obruthe ufuoma 1 month ago

    Every body as d right to dream of representing nigeria. As far d person is a Nigerian. So pls let’s not insult anyone. That you don’t v a dream to , pls don’t stop others. my brother if the chance come grab am.

  • balorx 1 month ago

    look at ademola lookman, Tammy abraham, they don’t have that Nigeria spirit in them but all they want is to have an world cup appearance in their CV… then they retire. am saying this again, if udegbe was playing for bayern, he wouldn’t even think of playing for Nigeria! he knows he doesn’t stand a chance in Germany u-23…. look at maduka okoye. rohr is trying to convince him to play for Nigeria but the guy thinks he has a chance to play for Germany, that’s why he hasn’t switched.

    • Chairmanfemi 1 month ago

      Oga I disagree with you on Ademola Lookman. Who told you he doesn’t have the NAIJA SPIRIT? As it stands presently, he’s on the radar of the Super Eagles and he’s only waiting for FIFA’s approval

  • To the best of my knowledge, every Nigerian footballer has the right to aspire to wear our national jersey, provided he can deliver. It’s left to the gatekeepers (coaches) to determine the player’s suitability. Nobody deserves to be insulted simply because he dreams of representing his fatherland. Much of our problem lies with the coaches. What’s the point inviting new players to be perpetual bench warmers while under-performing players are always fielded? Unproductive players should be weeded off.