Junior Ajayi savours Super Eagles experience

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Al-Ahly attacker Junior Ajayi is still relishing the experience with the Super Eagles under Gernot Rohr in London last week.

The Franco-German coach extended an invitation to the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist after his superb performance in the Egyptian league with Al-Ahly. Ajayi was voted the Best Foreigner in Egypt and he was voted into CAF XI in 2017.

The former Shooting Stars forward made his debut against Serbia in London after he missed the Poland game in Wroclaw due to visa issues and he replaced Alex Iwboi late in the game at the Hive Stadium in London.  

“I am delighted to make my Super Eagles debut after the achievement with the Dream Team, the progress was necessary for my career. I am honoured to play for my country at this level. My dream has come true, boyhood target to play for Nigeria achieved,” an emotional Ajayi said to Naijafootballplus.com.

Ajayi revealed the experience was huge and awesome, he appreciated his friends in the team that helped him settle down quickly.

“It was a great experience for me, the warm welcome was massive by other players and I cherished the moment being my first appearance with the team at this level. I have a lot of friends in the team from my days in the NPFL and Olympic games in Rio.

“Etebo, Shehu, Iwobi and few other guys were my friends and they were helpful, they put me through the process which helped me a lot adapting to the standard and philosophy of the team. The experience would live long with me, absolutely one of the best moments of my career, football has been kind to me and I am grateful.”

Junior Ajayi also tells Naijafootballplus.com he is aware he has to still put in plenty of work to sustain his current level or surpass it.

“It’s not time for me to relax, I have to work hard more. I must sustain and improve my performance at club level which will take me to the national team. My target is to sustain my form and make sure I am in the national team to help my country.

“I want to play more minutes for my country, I want to win titles with my country and be part of the team history. I have achieved the first phase and I must continue to work hard to be a regular player in the national team,” said Ajayi.

Junior Ajayi moved to Al-Ahly in 2016 after just one season at CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, a deal reportedly worth $2.5 million.

He added; “Al-Ahly is the biggest club in Africa and it’s a big privilege to play at the club, the club target every season is to dominate the Egyptian league and African football. Every player must work very hard, the fans want to win titles every season and the challenges are huge.”  

 

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