Uche Agbo (right) in action for Granada.
Wednesday Sep 28, 2016. 07:33
Granada defender Uche Agbo has celebrated his first-ever invitation by Nigeria with tough talk that he and former teammate Isaac Success will fight for first-team places in the Super Eagles.
Uche Agbo is a replacement for injured Germany-based defender Leon Balogun for next month's World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
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The former Nigeria U20 defensive midfielder has now been deployed as a central defender by his La Liga club Granada.
“(Isaac) Success has already called to tell me that even though this will be our first-ever invitations to the Super Eagles, we will go all out to fight to make the first team,” Uche Agbo revealed.
“Both of us have longed to play for the Eagles and as it were, we were called up the same time.”
Uche Agbo further revealed his call-up is dedicated to his younger brother, who he rates as a better player than he.
Eagles coach Gernot Rohr personally phoned up Agbo to tell me he has been called up for the World Cup qualifier in Zambia.
“The coach called me up to inform me of my invitation,” he said.
“I just knelt down inside my room and prayed to God because he has been faithful.”
Interestingly, the Granada ace earned his Eagles call-up playing as a central defender after he was converted to this position this season by the La Liga club.
“It was a blessing in disguise after I was moved to central defence,” he said.
“I have always played in midfield but it was as a central defender that I have now been invited to the Eagles.
“This season, I have played all the games as a central defender.”
By Kola Daniel