13 October 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Onazi Set to Fly With Super Eagles

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Super Eagles players loosening up before training.

Ogenyi Onazi is poised to make his Nigeria full international debut on Saturday three years after he featured for the country's schoolboys.

"I am here to do my best to see that we secure a ticket to the 2013 Nations Cup on Saturday," Onazi declared to MTNFootball.com on arrival for the Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar against Liberia.

He said it is a dream come true to be called up by the Eagles.

"This is a dream come true for me because that has been my ultimate ambition since I started the game. It is an honour and I will use my chance well," he said.

"I will say a big thank you to God because without him, nothing is possible. To play for my fatherland is what I always wanted to do and so I' now excited to now be part of the Super Eagles.

"I will do my best to lift the team higher. I am sure we will be fine."

It was only three years ago that Onazi and the Golden Eaglets reached the final of the FIFA U17 World Cup staged by Nigeria. They would lose the top prize to Switzerland.

Onazi was the Eaglets defensive midfield anchor but following a first-half capitulation in the opening match against Germany, coach John Obuh was forced to drop him and draft Ramon Azeez.

He was thereafter restricted to a cameo role at the tournament.

In September 2010, one of the Eaglets Class of 2009, Stanley Okoro, will win his first cap for the Super Eagles against Madagascar in a 2012 Nations Cup qualifier.

Onazi is now set to become the second such Eaglet to fly with the Super Eagles.

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