Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Ojaga Promises U-20 AYC Win for Nigeria

Abia Warriors winger, Blessing Ojaga has promised to help Nigeria grab a ticket from the Africa U-20 championship in Algeria to represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in June next year.

Ojaga, who has been training with the team under the watchful eyes of Coach Sam John Obuh, told Trustsports that if picked by the coaches, he will not disappoint the country by working hard to ensure that the Flying Eagles do not only qualify for the global soccer fiesta in Turkey next year, but also retain the trophy as Africa's best.

The former Golden Eaglets invitee, who also has his gaze on a shirt in the Super Eagles in future, said he would be grateful to team selectors if picked for the African soccer show in Algeria, as he hopes to use the occasion as launching pad to stardom.

The Benue-born diminutive winger, who also won the Benue State Governor's Cup with Gboko Local Government five years ago, said he is working hard to become one of the world's greatest players like his idol Ronaldinho of Brazil, who personally gave him a pair of booth as parting gift when the Brazilians were in Abuja for international friendly against the Super Eagles in 2003.

"I have been training with the Flying Eagles and if finally picked for the forthcoming Africa U-20 Championship, I will help Nigeria to win the tournament and pick one of the tickets to the U-20 World Cup in Turkey next year.

"I want to use the tournament to showcase my talents and prepare myself for a shirt in the Super Eagles. It is also my hope to become one of the world's greatest players like my idol Ronaldinho, who even gave me a pair of booth when Brazil came here for a friendly match against Nigeria in 2003", Ojaga said.

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