Nigeria U23 striker Junior Ajayi (left)
Monday Nov 23, 2015. 18:22
Tunisia-based striker Junior Ajayi has vowed to help Nigeria win the 2015 U23 AFCON in Senegal.
Ajayi is one of four overseas-based stars on the Nigeria U23 final squad for the tournament, which gets underway on Saturday in Dakar.
“I have come to contribute my little quota in ensuring that we not only pick an Olympic ticket, but also win the Africa U23 Cup of Nations," said Ajayi on arrival in Banjul, The Gambia, to join the team prior to the tournament.
"I can't describe how I feel any time I report for national duty. For me, it's an honour to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians, this I have come to do, God willing.”
Ajayi, who now features for Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, scored the two goals that eliminated Congo Brazzaville from the U23 championship, which will serve as qualifying tournament for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The team are due to play their final warm-up match on Tuesday before they depart for next-door Senegal.
Their opening game is on Sunday against Mali.