Uche Nwofor: I’ll Score More Goals for Eagles
Super Eagles two-goal hero against South Africa, Uche Nwafor in the Mandela Challenge has promised more goals for the Nigeria senior national male team.
The former Flying Eagles striker also spoke on his next destination in Europe after his Dutch club VVV Venlo were relegated this past season.
The full interview:
Questions: What was the feeling when you scored a brace for Nigeria against South Africa in your second game for the Eagles?
Nwofor: I felt so good and great, the excitement in me cannot be described. It was a wonderful time. getting those goals was a dream come true for me because it has been my ambition to play and score goals for my country. It is my job, I play football to score goals being a striker.
Were you surprised when you were invited for the match against South Africa?
Not really. It was not a big surprise to me because I have been looking forward to it and knew it would come one day despite not playing in one of the most followed leagues in the world.
You lifted your first trophy as a full international, how was it?
It was great and I am sure that is the first of many that I will win with the Eagles.
Did you dedicate the success in the Mandela Challenge to anyone?
Yes, the winners’ medal and the trophy are for my family and to God almighty.
You reunited with some of your teammates from the U20 team Class of 2011, Ahmed Musa and Ogenyi Onazi, how was it?
It was a great reunion, it reminded us of those days. It was nice to be together again.
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There are a lot of options in the Eagles attack line, do you think you have all it takes to claim a regular place upfront?
I am not thinking about displacing anyone in the Eagles, all for me to do is to give my best to the team whenever the coach calls on me. We are all working to move the team forward. Mine is to keep fit and keep doing well.
You have been linked with a move away from Venlo to EPL with teams like Stoke City, Newcastle United and Roda JC in Holland, where is your likely next destination?
I can’t say anything on that. I am at Venlo, let wait and see what happens. I have no idea on my next destination.
At a time you had three other Nigerians with you at Venlo, but now you are a lone ranger, are you feeling lonely?
Not really but I miss them no doubt, but I don’t let it bother me because that is the nature of my job and I have to face it.
What can you say about Dutch league?
I am lucky to be playing here in Holland. It is a very technical league to play in. The league is tough and I am happy to start my career here.
Which player is your role model?
That is Cristiano Ronaldo, but I also love Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
Do you have any club you wish to play for?
No, I am praying to God to lead me to the big team who will give me an improved offer.
Comparing top flight and the second division in Holland, what can you say?
Definitely they are different, top flight is top flight. But in terms of football, it is the same.
Thanks for your time
You are welcome, it’s my pleasure.