Afcon debut: Sadiq relishes dream

Nigeria International footballer Umar Sadiq has expressed happiness at being a part of the Super Eagles squad that represented the country at the just-concluded 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Sadiq said it was a dream come true for him.

The Almeria striker alongside Huesca’s Kelechi Nwakali and Enyimba’s John Noble were the three players, who were yet to make their International debuts, but were included in the team that travelled to Cameroon for the tournament.

Sadiq was part of the Nigerian U-23 squad that won bronze at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

He had turned down invitation from former Eagles coach Gernot Rohr as he chose to focus on Almeria’s promotion chase in the Spanish second division.

Twenty five years old Sadiq did eventually make his first appearance and AFCON debut for Nigeria at the 33rd edition of Africa’s football showpiece.

He scored  in the 3-1 win over Sudan in the second game of the group phase.

In a quote published by estadiodeportivo, the former AS Roma player said it was a dream come true to have represented the country at the AFCON.

“I also missed being here.

At that time I needed to play with Almería.

In the end, I love my country.

“It was a dream to be able to represent the national team.

Right now I’m here and I hope to be able to give my best for our fans and team.

“I have lived a dream that came true: first I debuted; I managed to score my first goal … we had very special moments that I felt.

What I want is for it to last over time.

We have to keep progressing and be able to continue defending my country’s shirt”.

 
NP/Confidence Okwuchi
Afcon debut: Sadiq relishes dream

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