‘I Cried After The Game’ – Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye Speaks On His Debut For Nigeria
The 19-year-old Nigerian-born German goalkeeper, whose good looks got many drooling when he went viral weeks ago, replaced Uzoho after he suffered an injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Brazil’s Selecao.
Speaking with Omasports, Maduka said: ”It was a great feeling, almost indescribable because I had many emotions and feelings going through. I thank God for the team and the opportunity I’ve gotten to play for the national side of our beloved country. ”I cried after the game. I shed tears when I spoke to my father and brother.”
On what it felt like playing against the country of his role model, Dida, a former Brazil, and AC Milan goalkeeper, Maduka said; ” I grew up watching Dida, he is a legend in Brazil and AC Milan and I felt great. I talked to Ederson and he is also one of my favourite goalkeepers. It’s crazy being on the same pitch with a goalkeeper you watch his videos on YouTube.”
On the surprising debut for Nigeria, he said: ”I didn’t expect to play, I was just sitting on the bench like the last time in Ukraine and I knew I’d have to wait for my chance. I didn’t know it will come so soon but things can be like that.”
On pidgin and its difficulty, he said; ”I thought pidgin was easy but it’s a lot more than some words.
It’s a whole other language. Some of them are teaching me, I hope I’ll be ready to speak pidgin in a few years. I know the basics now.”
He extended his most heartfelt regards to Uzoho over his injury. He said; ”I wish Francis the fastest recovery he can get because we push each other in training and he’s a really great guy. I’m sad for him but that’s football and I hope he will come back stronger so he can be back on the pitch.”
On the massive love, he has been receiving from Nigerians, he added: ”I have no words for Nigerians, because of the huge love they’ve shown me. I want them to know that I love them and I will do my best to pay them back.”