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Ramon Azeez eyes Rio 2016 Olympics

15 December 2014, 19:24Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez is eyeing the possibility of featuring for Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Azeez grew through the ranks to earn a shirt in Nigeria’s squad to the 2014 World Cup.

He captained Nigeria’s U17 side to a second place finish, losing 1-0 to Switzerland at the FIFA U17 World Cup hosted by his country.

The Almeria midfielder also played for Nigeria at the U20 level before getting a call-up by Stephen Keshi to Nigeria’s senior national team.

Also read: Eagles debutants dream of the World Cup

Azeez said he looks forward to play at the Olympics in 2016 to improve his profile.

“If am given the call up, I will be glad to be part of the team, it’s my fatherland, although I have not spoken with anyone about the plans, but I will love to represent Nigeria at Brazil in 2016, I have been there in world cup and I think if the coaches give me a chance, why not?.”

The former Future Pro Academy player recalls his debut call-up to international football.

“Representing Nigeria at the world cup, and as a junior player wasn’t that easy, it was a huge task, I had to learn a lot, the senior national team was totally different, Brazil is not Spain or Nigeria, so it was totally different ball game, I tried with the help of my team mates, but losing to France was sad, at the end.

“And coming to Nigeria to represent my country at the AFCON qualifiers, I feel honoured, but not qualifying for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea is painful. Nigerian fans should keep calm, with Allah on our side things will come in shape very soon.”

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