Nigeria U23 goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel
Thursday Aug 25, 2016. 15:59
Goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel has told AfricanFootball.com he earned a call-up to the Super Eagles after his superlative displays at the Rio Olympics.
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Nigeria won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Brazil with the Enugu Rangers goalkeeper outstanding for the team.
He was promptly invited to the Super Eagles for next month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.
“My invitation to the Super Eagles is a reward for what I did at the Olympics,” said Daniel.
“It’s a big honour to be considered for the Eagles and I hope to continue to work hard.”
Daniel was widely expected to lose his No.1 position in the Olympic team to the more experienced South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi, but he rose to the challenge to be in goal for five of the six games Nigeria played in Brazil.
“I was very determined to prove myself especially with my big brother Akpeyi also in the team,” he said.
“I was equal to the challenge and that was why I kept my place in the first team.”
By Kola Daniel