Abia Warriors star defender Adeleke Adekunle is living the dream and has described his maiden invitation to the Super Eagles as a ‘very good achievement’.
The defender, who has been in superb form this season for his club Abia Warriors, was one of three NPFL players handed their first ever call ups to the Super Eagles by national team coach, Gernot Rohr.
Speaking at the media session with journalists held at the Eko Hotel on Tuesday, the visibly elated and talented stopper admitted he never expected to be called up but described the development as a ‘very good achievement’ (for him).
“It’s a very good achievement for me and shows that someone out there sees my hard work,” he said.
“I’m very happy to be here. I didn’t see it coming, I have never imagined it. (But) I was working hard and hoping one day I want to get to the top and definitely, it’s happening now and I am happy about it.”
On experience so far and how his teammates have received him in the camp, Adekunle said the players have been good to him.
“I feel good, they (players) welcomed me very well and keep telling me to feel free and be happy that ‘we are all footballers’.”
While Adekunle and his Super Eagles teammates continue their preparations ahead of the AFCON2021Q double header against Benin Republic and Lesotho, the Warriors defender has just one thing on his mind, learning as much as possible with the national team.
“Definitely, I’m going to take the experience which shows that i can move forward from here to the next level,” he added.
Meanwhile, the other two players rewarded for their impressive performances this campaign in the domestic league are Enyimba International duo of goalkeeper John Noble and playmaker, Anayo Iwuala.
All three NPFL players were spotted with the Super Eagles during their first raining session at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday.