Visa problems faced by Chippa United’s goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa have forced coach Gernot Rohr to invite Tope Okeowo of non-league English side Peckham United for the international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Carl Ikeme was the only Super Eagles goalkeeper in training on Monday and Tuesday and has forced the hand of the officials to extend a call-up to the for Golden Eaglets goalkeeper.
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Okeowo told Super Sport that he is happy with the call-up even though it came as a huge surprise to him.
“I’m short of words and I can’t really explain what this means to me. It is an honour to be called up to the Super Eagles. I almost didn’t believe it when I received the call,” he said.
“This is not my first time playing for the national team. I was part of the 2003 Golden Eaglets squad to Finland 2003.
“Coach Austin Eguavoen was the coach then and we had the likes of John Obi Mikel, Chinedu Obasi, Chamberlain Ekrebe, Adetoro Morufu and Ezekiel Bala in the squad.
“I enjoyed that experienced but I must say I’m surprised by this call-up. I give glory to God and my lovely wife.” Okeowo added.
Nigeria will take on Senegal at Barnet FC’s ground on Thursday before meeting Burkina Faso next week Monday to round up their two-game international break.