Some players have been contacted by South African clubs
Premier Soccer League clubs in South Africa have now become regular callers at the Garden Court De Waal abode of the Super Eagles in Cape Town, PREMIUM TIMES has reliably gathered.
The main purpose of the South African clubs is to sign a good number of the Nigerian players that have displayed brilliance at the ongoing African Nations Championships.
Top on the wish list of the clubs is rave of the moment Ejike Uzoenyi who in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES confirmed that he is been courted by some teams but would rather focus first on the assignment of wining the trophy before dabbling into transfer matters.
“Yes, some teams in South Africa have been talking to me but I don’t want to speak on that for now, my focus is winning the CHAN trophy when we are done we can start talking of transfer matters” the pint sized winger stated.
Despite wanting to keep a low-profile on the interest shown in him by the South Africa clubs, Uzoenyi said a deal in South Africa look more realistic for him than a move to Europe.
“I think transfer in Europe will have closed before we finish the CHAN tournament so joining a South African team is likely.”
Meanwhile, after winning three Man of the Match Awards back to back, Uzoenyi is now known as double three by teammates even as he says he did not win the awards alone but with the support of his mates.
“Its like am still dreaming because when we were down by 3-0, it was like the world has ended and finally we started to come back and many said it may be impossible but see what God has done. Na God ooo, no be man”, he declared.
Uzoenyi, said while he gave the last award to his little son who was four years old the day Nigeria defeated Bafana Bafana 3-1, he was dedicating the latest award to God.
“If not for God, how can a team recover from 3-0 to come back and win 4-3. It was only God that did it and I want Nigerians to hold fast to him for the betterment of their lives,” he said.
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Meantime, the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, President, Aminu Maigari, has expressly told the home base Super Eagles team currently campaigning at African Nations Championships that he has the words of President Goodluck Jonathan, on due reward for the players if they finish tops in South Africa.
Mr. Maigari gave the piece of good news during a visit to the Eagles hotel.
“The top news in Nigeria after your miraculous victory over Morocco, was the message of President Goodluck Jonathan urging you to go ahead and win the trophy, with a promise that he will do same if not much more for the team like he did for the AFCON 2013 Champions. The ball is now in your court to make the dreams of Mr President come true,” he said.
Mr. Maigari declared thus: “Confidence, belief and faith helped you to overcome the Moroccan opposition and that is the makeup of the average Nigerian, we expect more of such displays in your subsequent encounters because you have raised not only my hope and that of the NFF board but that of the over 160million Nigerians.”
NFF Technical Committee boss, Chris Green, said he was delighted at the performance of the Nigerian team, even describing Coach Keshi as the best coach in the world at the moment. He alluded the victories of the team of recent to the peaceful atmosphere that has existed between the leadership of the NFF and the Eagles coaching crew.
Keshi in his remarks at the impromptu event said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of praises on him, but quickly added that his assistant coaches, Dan Amokachi, Houadonou Valere and Ike Shorunmu, as well as the staff of the team, made of medics, psychologist, security, media, coordinator and Team Administrator have been the real force of success for the team. “We are like children from the same mother,” Keshi said.
He promised that the team will not let the nation down in the remaining two matches of the championship. “We will do our best to justify the confidence reposed in this team by Mr. President, the NFF and all Nigerians”, he declared.