Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai says he is not holding any malice over being left out of the Super Eagles’ squad to the Africa Cup of Nations, as he disclosed that he is wishing them well at the 2019 continental soccer showpiece.
Instead of feeling bad over his continued shut-out from the Nigerian team, the former Kano Pillars shot-stopper, whose form at Enyimba sent Eagles’ second choice, Ikechukwu Ezenwa away to Katsina United, said he believes those selected to don Nigeria’s colours in Egypt will do the country proud by reaching the final.
Many soccer followers back home reckoned that Afelokhai should have been the keeper from Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to get the nod into the Eagles’ final roster of 23 players to Egypt 2019, but coach of the side, Gernot Rohr opted to stick with Ezenwa.
Despite feeling undone by that choice, Afelokhai stated during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that he has no malice against anyone, but is waiting for his own time to come.
As he awaits the day he would finally get the opportunity of donning Nigeria’s green-and-white at a major championship, Afelokhai stressed that he has only good wishes and best predictions for the current set.
He, however, stopped short of stating categorically whether the Eagles will emerge champions in Egypt, but predicted that they will get to the final on July 19 in Cairo, only that they must avoid underrating any team they meet along the way.
Afelokhai narrated: “I said even before the competition began that the Super Eagles will do well.
“They’ve already won two matches, and I know they will win more. Once the don’t underrate any team, I know they will get to the final.”