Trabzonspor of Turkey striker, Anthony Nwakaeme has refuted reports in certain sectors of the media that he will snub another invitation to the Super Eagles, as the former Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel hitman stressed that he will gladly accept any call-up to the Nigerian national team.
In the wake of his wonder goal in the Turkish Super Lig this past weekend, reports went viral that Nwakaeme has a grudge to settle with Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr, but the striker declared emphatically that he does not have an issue that would warrant him turning his back on the national team.
The 30-year-old former captain of Vejle Football Academy in Owerri and Lagos was reeling lyrical after he curled home from just outside the box to open his goals account for the season from the first six league games in Turkey.
The encounter helped Nwakaeme end a five-game goal drought, as he was handed his sixth start of the campaign, right in front of former Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi, and he struck in sizzling fashion to help their Trabzon-based side maul visiting Besiktas 4-1 to move up to fifth on the log.
After a cagey opening half hour, the hosts took the lead against the run of play when Dorukhan Tokoz put through his own goal on 31 minute before Jose Sosa doubled Trabzonspor’s lead three minutes to half time to make it 2-0.
Nwakaeme then set up Alexandra Sorløth on 64 minutes for 3-0 and, though the visitors reduced the deficit again via Guven Yalcin, the Eagles’ reject made it 4-1 two minutes to the final whistle, as he completed a blistering counter-attack all the way from his own half, which earned him the man of the match award with a game rating of 8.2 over ten.
While he is still out of reckoning to add to his current single cap for Nigeria, Nwakaeme is once again buzzing, after scoring ten goals from 27 games for Trabzonspor last season, following his transfer from Be’er Sheva, but he hinted that him not getting called up to the national team may be the due to some reasons beyond his technical abilities.
However, despite admitting that something uncanny must have turned Rohr off against him, Nwakaeme went on to state categorically that he would gladly pack his bag and head to the national team’s camp anytime he is called upon by the gaffer.
Nwakaeme told Goalballlive: “I don’t know what I did to Gernot Rohr. I don’t know what happened. If you ask me it’s not fair. But I’m not really bothered, I’m here in my club; If they call me I’ll be happy if they don’t I’ll be fine. I’m comfortable playing for my club, but, I will be up with my bags packed if I’m invited to the Eagles.”