Akwa's Effiong reacts to replacing Aina in Super Eagles camp
Akwa United’s utility footballer, Ndifreke Effiong, has reacted to his call up to the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the injured Chelsea loanee Ola Aina.
Effiong’s contingency call-up was announced by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday, after Torino’s Aina was reported injured by his Serie A club.
With five goals and two assists for Akwa United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Effiong has said the call-up was completely unexpected but gives glory to God.
“To be sincere, I never expected the call-up,” he said to Blue Print.
“This is my first invitation to the super Eagles and I give God the glory. Hard work pays.
“This is an opportunity to make a statement for myself. I am not new in the national set-up having played at the Olympics, U23 AFCON and the All Africa Games.
The 20-year-old also took comfort in knowing some of the players he will be camping with in the national team.
“I know several players in the Super Eagles like Ogenekaro Etebo, Victor Osimhen, and William Ekong, so it is not going to be strange for me in camp in Asaba,” Effiong concluded.
Nigeria take on Seychelles in a dead-rubber 2019 AFCON qualifier on Friday, while also challenging Egypt in an international friendly next Tuesday. Both games will be played in Nigeria.