Usman Takes World Cup Shut-out In Good Fate


Norway-based midfield dazzler, Usman Mohammed is taking the verdict by FIFA that he cannot be included in Nigeria’s squad to this year’s World Cup in good fate, as he says he will wait for his time to come.

Usman, who was part of Nigeria’s bronze-winning team to Rio 2016 Olympics, said he felt the chance of a late call-up to the Super Eagles, after his stunning solo goal against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in Uyo, but admitted his moment came just too late.

The ex-FC Taraba of Jalingo captain went on as a sub to score a goal that revived memory of one scored by former Eagles’ captain, Austin Okocha in Germany.

However, now that FIFA have ruled him out of Russia 2018, Usman said he will continue to improve at club level to ensure he is considered for the national team in the future.

“First of all, I want to thank God for everything; the fans who cheered us and gave us a lot of strength and motivation to carry on.

“For the goal, it is a dream come true for me and I’m so happy about it. I was confident with my abilities with the ball.

“I created the chance because I started the move from the midfield so I was calm in the 18-yard box and I took my time to score the goal.

“I will wait for my time; it has always been my dream to play for the Super Eagles and I have been waiting for the opportunity since the Olympics in Brazil. But I believe there is a reason for everything,” Usman concluded.


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