Villarreal of Spain winger, Samuel Chuwueze is basking in the delight of achieving two outstanding feats in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals clash with South Africa, as he scored his first senior goal for Nigeria and was named man of the match.
The 20-year-old Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist and third highest goals scorer admitted he was overjoyed netting in such a major championship, then get the honour of standing out among all the array of stars that were on the pitch win him in the epic encounter.
Speaking in the wake of Wednesday’s cracker at Cairo International Stadium, Chukwueze, who was close to signing for Arsenal of England after his heroics at Chile 2015, but ended up at Villarreal under a cloud of controversy, says he is now boosted to aim for better days ahead.
He also gave thanks to his teammates for encouraging him, especially the Eagles’ class of senior stars, who he says keep motivating him and all came round to celebrate with him after he made history with his goal.
The fair-skinned youngster concluded with a prayer that more of such moments and goals will come his way in the Nigerian national team, who he hinted stick together as one united unit, with older players backing the young ones to shine and make their own marks as well.
Chukwueze stated: “I was very, very happy to score this goal. I am also very, very happy to be man of the match for this game.
“This is my first major competition for Nigeria, and I scored my first goal in a very, very important championship like this. I am happy.
“I thank my teammates for standing by me and encouraging me. I am very young, but they encourage me.
“They all congratulated me for this very important goal in my career. I hope to score more.”