Rizespor Football Club of Turkey’s star Azubuike Okechukwu has been appointed to captain the Nigeria’s U-23 National team against host Libya in tomorrow’s qualification match of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Stade de Guerdane Stadium, Djerba, Tunisia.
Www.adantesports.com.ng scooped from the team’s camp in Tunisia this evening that Coach Imama Amapakabo opted for the former Nigeria’s U-23 national team Captain to retain his position because of his vast experience and his current ecplosive form
He has also captained both the Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, as well as the country’s U20s, the Flying Eagles.
When contacted on the news to captain the Olympic Eagles also known as Dream Team VII, Azubuike as he is fondly called was humbled about the appointment and only promised to put his best performance on the field of play to lead Nigeria to victory in tomorrow’s match.
“Well what I can say is that it is a huge responsibility to Captain any Nigeria’s national team. So as a team we need to work extra hard on the pitch to win the game for our Coach and to make football loving Nigerians happy by doing everything humanly possible to beat Libya in tomorrow’s game and make the return leg a mere formality”, Okechukwu disclosed to www.adantesports.com ng from Tunisia.
The Rizespor midfielder also vowed to lead his team to beat host Libya despite the difficulty of playing in a cold and windy weather as well as playing on Astro turf saying that these won’t stop his team from winning the mach.
But he warned “it is going to be a difficult match since we are playing them on their ground where their home fans will be supporting them massively. But we have passed through these stages before and as a professional we have played under hostile and rowdy venues at one time or the other. What I would say is that we are ready for tomorrow’s match and we will win with the support of football loving Nigerians home and abroad and God on our side”.