I Didn’t Expect to Play, I was just sitting on the bench like the last time in Ukraine… Okoye Says as He Speaks on Super Eagles Debut

Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany goalkeeper Maduka Okoye says he was not expecting play at  last Sunday’s international friendly match against five-time world champions, Brazil.

The goalie who admitted that he was super excited to feature for the super eagles in the game against the South American side said he couldn’t hide his emotions after making his debut for Nigeria .

Okoye took the place of injured Francis Uzoho in the 63rd minute of the thrilling encounter played at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang.

He accustomed well to the occasion and helped shut out the star studded Brazilian side from scoring the winning goal despite relentless pressure in the second half.

“I thank God for the team and the opportunity I’ve gotten to play for the national side of our beloved country. I cried after the game. I shed tears when I spoke to my father and brother,” Okoye stated in an interview with Omasports.

“I didn’t expect to play, I was just sitting on the bench like the last time in Ukraine and I knew I’d have to wait for my chance. I didn’t know it will come so soon but things can be like that.”

The 20-year-old also expressed his delight at coming up against the Brazilians.

Okoye added: “I grew up watching Dida, he is a legend in Brazil and AC Milan and I felt great. I talked to Ederson and he is also one of my favourite goalkeepers. It’s crazy being on the same pitch with a goalkeeper you watch his videos on YouTube.”


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