Nigerian Super Eagles and Fortuna Dusseldolf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has revealed his decision to represent Nigeria professionally instead of Germany his country of birth.
Okoye, who is a favorite amongst Nigerian ladies due to his handsome looks, is not Nigeria’s first choice keeper but he still decided to accept the call from Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to serve his fatherland because he knows Coach Gernot Rohr is planning long term.
Okoye made his debut for Nigeria national team in a friendly match against Brazil 3 months ago and was also part of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. He was then called up by Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr for their first game of the 2019-2020 season, a friendly against Ukraine last September and he has been part of the Goal keeping squad following the Super Eagles’ search for new goalkeepers since Carl Ikeme retirement over health issues.
Okoye who granted an interview with Super Eagles Media Team via YouTube, explained his reasons to represent Nigeria.
“My opinion and my advice is to follow your heart, you have to feel it, where the love is. I felt the love in Nigeria and I feel like a Naija boy, that’s why I chose Nigeria over Germany”.
“I felt great after I got my first call-up to the Super Eagles, it was a pleasure. It’s a big step for me in my football career.
“With the first call-up I had a bit of problems but after that for the Ukraine game everything was set up and I prepared well.
“I couldn’t wait to get to the Super Eagles, everything went well. Thank God,” Okoye added.
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