While some players may doubt committing their international future to Nigeria, Josh Maja did not think it twice.
The 21-year-old was only waiting for the opportunity, and when it came, he grabbed it with both hands.
He made his international debut on September 10, 2019, in a 2–2 friendly against Ukraine, replacing Victor Osimhen in added time.
“It was (Nigeria invite) quite unexpected, but the Nigeria squad is quite young, so for me, it was a good chance to show what I can do. Hopefully, in the future I get more opportunities,” he said in an interview with Sunderland Echo.
“I think it was always going to be Nigeria,” he continued.
“I mean, it’s the first team – and if it were England then it would probably only be the youth teams. Nigeria was a no-brainer.”
Maja wants to continue playing as many matches and keep improving himself in Bordeaux team.
“Individually I want to play as many games as possible at this level and keep improving my game, keep learning and striving to be better as a player.
“As a person, it’s about living in a different country and adapting to life.
“As a team, I think we can do whatever we want as long as we work hard and give our all every game.
“This season we can maybe go for a Europa League or Champions League place. If we perform well in games and get good results then I think it’s possible.”