Atlanta - Newly capped Super Eagles striker Ezekiel Imoh has revealed that his father had influenced his decision to play for the Super Eagles instead of Belgium.
Ezekiel was one of four players who made their debut for
Nigeria in an international friendly against Mexico that ended goalless on Wednesday. The others are Michael Uchebo, Leon Balogun and Ramon Azeez.
Speaking to Super Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, in
Atlanta during the international friendly against Mexico, Ezekiel said he was
actually approached to fast-track his Belgian citizenship papers and he did not
see anything wrong with it.
“Ordinarily, it takes three years of stay in Belgium to
apply for citizenship but after two years I was called up to come and get the
papers and I was excited by the offer”.
“But when I called my dad back home in Nigeria, he told me
not to it because they were luring me with it so that I can play for Belgium. It
took a long argument between both of us but at the end of the day I
listened to my father”.
The stocky striker said the Belgian football authorities
wanted him in their junior team immediately,
but pressure from Nigeria was also huge hence the change if mind.
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