Newly invited Super Falcons star Evelyn Ijeh has spoken of her delight at having a chance to represent Nigeria, insisting that it is “always nice” to be around people with similarities.
Ijeh, 19, is presently training with the reigning African Champions in their eight-day training camp in Vienna, Austria after she was handed a surprise call up alongside her younger sibling Josephine.
The BK Hacken forward told www.aclsports.com that there is this special aura of feeling welcomed when you are among people of same ideologies.
“It’s always nice to be with your own kind of people sometimes,” Ijeh says.
“The Swedish national team is where you meet people that you speak the same language but I think Nigeria is more like you actually have some similarities due to the fact that both of my parents are from Africa.
“So it is more like you come to the Nigerian national team and everybody is the same and are similar to you.
“It’s been nice coming to an environment where everybody talks and there are so much positive energy like everyone is into this and gives 100%,” she added.
Players of Nigeria's Super Falcons at their training base in Vienna, Austria ahead of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament.— Fisayo Dairo (@FisayoDairo) July 20, 2021
Returnee Desire Oparanozie and the daughters of former Malmo striker Peter Ijeh; Evelyn and Josephine in the mix… pic.twitter.com/Zg7slSemdF
On the invite
Evelyn Ijeh will be 20 next month while Josephine is 18 already. Both players are daughters of former Nigerian striker Peter Ijeh who carved a niche for himself at Malmo FF in Sweden.
Evelyn describes the invitation to the Super Falcons as an exciting feeling which was unbelievable at first, when she was hinted.
“It was actually really fun to see the invitation because my Dad told us we might get invited and when we got the ticket and everything was set, we were like, oh, we’re actually going to the national team so it was really an exciting feeling.”
Evelyn and Josephine Ijeh will be hoping to make good impressions on the national team coaches led by Randy Waldrum in order to have a chance of being invited for September’s Aisha Buhari invitational tournament in Lagos, Nigeria.