FC Lorient of France striker, Terem Moffi has described his invitation to Nigeria’s national team, Super Eagles, as a huge thing of honour to him, megasportsarena.com reports.
He went on to reveal that he was shell-shocked when he got the call from Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr and his nervous reaction extended into his first training session with the squad in Vienna, Austria.
With the opportunity of a second straight game in green-and-white now looming large against Cameroon in an international friendly on Tuesday, the former Golden Eaglets striker promised to always make himself available for Nigeria’s call.
The 22-year-old in-form attacker admitted he was nervous to be on the pitch with Leicester City of England duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi s well as Alex Iwobi from Everton, which added to the glee he got from the first message he received from Rohr.
Moffi, who made his Eagles’ debut as a second half sub for Paul Ebere Onuachu in a 1-0 loss to Cameroon last Friday in Austria, recalled that he got the message from Rohr after he had fired a hat-trick against Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 and he had to take his time before he replied it.
“At first, I was really nervous sharing the same pitch with the likes of Iheanacho, Ndidi and Alex Iwobi because I didn’t know what to expect. We then had two training sessions and I did well, so far everyone has been helpful.
“It was an honour for the national team coach to contact me because it’s not everybody who gets a message from the coach. I was really excited; it was really good to be honest.
“It took me about 45 minutes to respond to the message. I thanked him for the message, saying it’s an honour and that I hope to play for my nation,” Calabar-born Moffi concluded.