Maduka Okoye reveals he cried after making debut for Nigeria against Brazil

Maduka Okoye reveals he cried after making debut for Nigeria against Brazil

- Maduka Okoye made his international debut for Nigeria against Brazil

- The 20-year-old feature for 30 minutes after replacing Francis Uzoho in the second half

- Okoye has now revealed he cried in his hotel room after the game

German born goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has expressed excitement after making his debut for Nigeria in their friendly match against Brazil over the weekend.

A goal each from Joe Aribo and Casemiro ensured both sides shared the spoils after regulation period at the Singapore National Stadium.

Okoye came in as substitute for injured Francis Uzoho, who twisted his knee while trying to keep the ball off his goal post in the 60th minute.

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With half hour left to play in the encounter, the German based keeper was decent in goal for the Super Eagles as they maintain their unbeaten run after winning bronze at AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

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The 20-year-old star told Oma Sport after his debut for the three time African kings: "It was a great feeling, almost indescribable because I had many emotions and feelings going through.

"I thank God for the team and the opportunity I’ve gotten to play for the national side of our beloved country. I cried after the game. I shed tears when I spoke to my father and brother,” he added.

Okoye admits that it was a dream to make his national team debut against Brazil - country of his role models; Dida and Ederson.

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Maduka said; ”I grew up watching Dida, he is a legend in Brazil and AC Milan and I felt great.

"I talked to Ederson and he is also one of my favourite goalkeepers. It’s crazy being on the same pitch with a goalkeeper you watch his videos on YouTube.”

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He added: ”I didn’t expect to play, I was just sitting on the bench like the last time in Ukraine and I knew I’d have to wait for my chance. I didn’t know it will come so soon but things can be like that.”

On pidgin and its difficulty, he said; ”I thought pidgin was easy but it’s a lot more than some words. It’s a whole other language.

He added that some of his teammates are already teaching him the language: "Some of them are teaching me, I hope I’ll be ready to speak pidgin in a few years. I know the basics now.”

Okoye, on the other hand, wished Uzoho quickest recovery having being ruled out for about six months or more: "He extended his most heartfelt regards to Uzoho over his injury.

"I wish Francis the fastest recovery he can get because we push each other in training and he’s a really great guy.

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"I’m sad for him but that’s football and I hope he will come back stronger so he can be back on the pitch.”

On the love he has received from Nigerians, he said; ”I have no words for Nigerians, because of the huge love they’ve shown me. I want them to know that I love them and I will do my best to pay them back.”

Meanwhile, reported that Gernot Rohr decided to replace Francis Uzoho with Maduka Okoye due to Ikechukwu Ezenwa's limited playing time for both club and country.

The German born goalkeeper came on in the 60th minute following Uzoho's terrible injury during Brazil friendly game in Singapore.

Rohr insisted that Ezenwa does not even command shirt in the home based Eagles squad for the past few months.

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