- Ola Aina was a bone of contention between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Three Lions of England
- He had played for several of the England youth teams before switching to Nigeria
- The footballer has stated that he is happy to have chosen to play for Nigeria at the senior level
Nigerian international Ola Aina has expressed delight to have opted to play for the Super Eagles ahead of the Three Lions of England.
The Fulham of England defender was part of the Super Eagles squad that prosecuted the AFCON qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria had an easy 3-0 win over the Crocodiles of Lesotho in their final AFCON 2021 qualifying match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
Gernot Rohr's men had already qualified for the tournament but played for pride as the Nigerian national team return to Lagos after more than two decades.
Aina believes he has made the right decision to have played for Nigeria, saying he has no regrets whatsoever. He said via Complete Sports:
“I can’t wait to play in another major tournament with the Super Eagles and bring joy to Nigerians. The national team means so much to the people here, no regrets or whatsoever.
“It is for now one of the best decisions I have taken in my career. In several ways playing for Nigeria has made me a better player.”
Meanwhile, Sadiq Umar was on the score-sheet in Almeria’s 3-0 win over Malaga in the Spanish Segunda Division clash at the Estadio La Rosaleda on Tuesday night, March 30.
The Nigerian international who was prevented by the club from joining his team-mates for the AFCON qualifiers found the net about 13 minutes from the end following a Manu Morianes.
The 24-year-old has now scored 15 goals in 28 league appearances for Almeria this season.
At the Estadio Santo Domingo, Kelechi Nwakali scored in Alcorcón’s 1-1 home draw against Real Oviedo.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that there was mild drama at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos after a pitch invader jumped a barricade in his attempt to celebrate Super Eagles' first goal against Lesotho.
Nigeria took the lead in the 23rd minute of the dead-rubber game when striker Victor Osimhen beat the Crocodiles' defense to flick home the opener.
As the Nigerian team celebrated at the far corner, a pitch-invader beat the number of security personnel and raced onto the pitch to celebrate the goal.
Jumping the barrier as high as 30ft and landed on the wrong side, he fell, but managed to go unto the pitch before prostrating for Napoli striker Osimhen.