Playing for Nigeria completed my life circle – Aina

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Torino defender Ola Aina says he’s happy to represent Nigeria at the senior international level ahead of England.

Aina played for the English at the youth level , but decided to switch allegiance to the Nigeria in 2017 and narrowly missed from the 2018 Russia World Cup squad.

 

The former Chelsea youngster was later included in Super Eagles squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations back in July and went on to established himself as regular in team , following injury to first choice Shehu Abdullahi.

 

At the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, his spectacular back-heeled assist against Burundi was among the many moments celebrated by fans and countrymen.

 

Reflecting on his performance in Egypt, Ola said: “It was completing a circle in my life having played for England at youth level. To then play for Nigeria at a major tournament – the buzz after that assist was amazing.”

 

“To play five matches in seven at that tournament and to win a third-place medal is the stuff of dreams.” He said.

 

Ola Aina missed the Super Eagles last friendly game with Selecao of Brazil at Kallang stadium in Singapore early October, but he’s set to named in 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers with Squirrels of Benin Republic and Lesotho coming up in November.

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