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Ukoh Excited By Super Eagles’ Quality

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Newly invited Super Eagles midfielder, Stephen Ukoh, is excited with the array of talented players in the team.

Ukoh was recalled by Coach Stephen Keshi against Chad in next week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification game in Kaduna.

“I see the Super Eagles as a big team and I feel honoured to be here in Abuja. I think it is a good opportunity for me and the new team the Chief Coach is building to really progress,” Ukoh said.

Stephen Ukoh

Stephen Ukoh

“I followed a lot of the big European leagues and I see a lot of big [Nigerian] players. I also watched Odion Ighalo in Watford. So there are a lot of Nigerian players that I know very well.”

The 23-year-old, who switched to Nigeria after playing for the Swiss youth teams, anticipates a healthy challenge for playing time under Keshi’s new tenure. He made his senior Nigeria debut against Sudan and Cote d’Ivoire in January.

“It is going to be very tough fighting for the starting shirt because of the quality of players.

“My plan is to train very well and work very hard these coming days and to show the boss what I can do here with the rest of the team.

“I am really excited and I am over the moon to be here. I am working now with the rest of the team for us to deliver the goods in Kaduna.”

While a game against Chad is expected to be a walk-over for the Super Eagles, the midfielder expressed confidence in the ability of Keshi’s side to trounce its neighbours.

“With the quality of talented players that abound in this team, I am 100 percent sure that this team will qualify for the 2017 Afcon and I hope I can play my own part in beating Chad,” he concluded.