Nwakaeme unfazed by striking competition in Eagles

Nwakaeme unfazed by striking competition in Eagles

Hapoel Be’er Sheva star Anthony Nwakaeme is not bothered by the quality of attacking talents available for Nigeria’s Super Eagles ahead of Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

Nwakaeme who is hoping to earn his first cap for the senior national team in Friday’s game has been speaking exclusively to www.aclsports.com and harbours no fears or cold feet that could be attributed to a newbie.

“The experience has been great. The guys and the coaches have been nice to me. Everybody has made me feel at home and it has been fun,” said the 28-year old.

Nwakaeme’s first national team call-up coincides with a recall for strikers Odion Ighalo who has been in a pretty good form for his Chinese side Changchun Yatai and CSKA Moskva’s Aaron Samuel.

Nwakaeme however believes the availability of options in the striking department is good for the team.

“For me, it’s very good for the team. This (competition) is what we need.

“We need these players to be together so that when one is not getting it, we can put another person. So for me, whoever starts the game, I just wish everybody good luck because at the end of the day we are playing for Nigeria and not ourselves.

The former Cluj of Romania striker remains optimistic that Nigeria, who lead their Group B table with a 100% record so far in World Cup qualifying will win on Friday to move a step further to qualification.

“I am 100 percent confident of victory. If not, I wouldn’t be here in the first place. We fully respect our opponents but we know what is at stake and cannot afford any slip ups.

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