Recuperating Nigeria midfielder Michael Babatunde received the loudest ovation when he hosted his esteemed fans in Shogunle, Lagos at the weekend to a novelty game.
The novelty match which was aimed at appreciating his friend from cradle saw a respectable crowd of about 250 grace the renowned ‘Ta lofeku’ football pitch in Shogunle.
“I just have to use this medium to thank all these people who have supported me all the way,” he told Complete Sports.
“Hosting this novelty game and doing some charity works around here will not be enough to thank them for their prayers.”
Babatunde who has been linked with a summer move away from his Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk is expected to remove his Plaster of Paris (POP) bandage in the coming weeks.
“I’m getting better now and will be removing this POP in the coming weeks so I could start some light works,” he said.
The 21 year old midfielder who was one of the standout performers for the Super Eagles in Brazil also noted his best is yet to be seen in the colours of the senior national team.
“My best is yet to come when it comes to what I can offer the national team and I am promising Nigerians that I will always answer the national call, whenever I am invited,” he said.
“I am not discouraged in terms of my potential. I know my ability as a player and I want to state here that my best was not what Nigerians saw in the two matches I played in Brazil. But I am happy with my performance because I was able to prove many people wrong, including those who thought my name was a mistake on the list.”
He also thanked President, Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Tammy Danagogo and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the tremendous support given to him after he sustained injury during Nigeria’s match against Argentina.