Fortuna Düsseldorf’s goaltender Maduka Okoye has reacted to the surprise invitation extended to him by the Super Eagles coaching staff.
Nigeria national team manager Gernot Rohr, Wednesday, released a list of the 23-man squad to face Ukraine in an international friendly match slated for the Dnipro Arena, Ukraine on the 10th of September.
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) August 14, 2019
19-year-old Okoye surprisingly made the list, coming in to replace South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi who had a far-from-excellent outing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Germany-born Okoye has taken to Twitter to express his delight at finally being called on to represent the country of his proud parents.
“Can‘t express my feelings and how happy I am to get my first call up for the Super Eagles. All praise to the most high.
Thanks for all the messages!
#naijaboy 💚,” the goaltender wrote on the social media site.
— Maduka Okoye (@OkoyeMaduka) August 14, 2019
The Ukraine friendly is the first match the Super Eagles will play since winning the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.