Fortuna Düsseldorf II of Germany goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has expressed delight with his invitation to Nigeria’s under-23 national Olympic Eagles, as he sees it as a huge opportunity for him to prove his allegiance to the country.
The invitation comes hot on the heels of Okoye’s decision to commit his international future to his father’s country and, though he earlier had an option to stick with Germany, the mulatto lad says he is looking ahead to donning Nigeria’s green-and-white jersey.
That opportunity could come as early as next month, when the Olympic Eagles line out against Sudan in the next match of the 2019 African U-23 Cup of Nations qualifiers, and Okoye says he just cannot wait to get going.
Megasportsarena.com can further report that Okoye hinted further in a post on social media that he is equally looking ahead to starring for Nigeria at the Olympic Games soccer event in Tokyo, Japan, where he would love to make history for the nation.
The 19-year-old shot-stopper missed Nigeria’s first stage of the U-23 AFCON qualifiers against Libya due to club engagements, but the lad with a Nigerian father and German mother says he is available for next month’s battles with Sudan.
Okoye, who has 15 appearances for Dusseldorf, who lie 13th on the log with 40 points from 32 games, is now eyeing the first leg in Khartoum on June 5 and the reverse fixture four days later at Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
Nigeria has a rich Olympics history, as the only country to have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the soccer event, as were achieved at Atlanta ’96, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 respectively, such that Okoye believes the current squad can do even better come Tokyo 2020.
Okoye posted: “I’m coming Home Nigeria! After 13 years. Can’t describe my feelings. Looking forward to the Qualifying matches with the U23 against Sudan. #Olympia2020.”