The Okija-born defender has spent a huge chunk of his life abroad, but he is enthusiastic about playing for Nigeria
Super Eagles new invitee Bright Osayi-Samuel is excited about his first National team call-up, and he has expressed readiness to add his quota to make the team stronger.
Osayi-Samuel was born in Nigeria, but he left the country when he was ten years old. The 24-year-old versatile player had stints at Blackpool and Queen Park Rangers before joining Turkish giants Fenerbahce in 2021.
The Okija-born star has made waves in Turkey since his move. Osayi-Samuel has registered three goals and nine assists in 83 appearances, and he has been a stalwart at right-back.
In fact, the former QPR man’s value has risen from a paltry €500,000 to €9million in almost two years.
Osayi-Samuel’s brilliance did not go unnoticed, as he was rewarded with a maiden call-up to the Super Eagles ahead of the international friendly game against Portugal.
The Nigerian defender is excited about the opportunity, and he is willing to give his best if he is called upon.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Osayi-Samuel told NFF TV.
“I’ve always said that I’ve always wanted to play for my country so I’m happy to have gotten the opportunity to show what I’m all about.
“I want to do my best, show what I’m capable of, bring my quality into the team and make the team stronger.”
Nigeria play Portugal on Thursday, and it could be a real baptism of fire for Osayi-Samuel if coach Peseiro decides to give him a debut.
If he gets the opportunity, Osayi-Samuel would look to put on a great show.