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‘It’s Been Very Surreal’- Moffi Reflects On Unexpected Super Eagles Debut

‘It’s Been Very Surreal’- Moffi Reflects On Unexpected Super Eagles Debut

Terem Moffi admitted he was ‘speechless’ when he joined his international teammates for the first time, reports Completesports.com.

Moffi made his debut for the three-time African champions in a friendly against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in June.


“It’s been very surreal – obviously I never thought this was going to be happen so soon,” the 22-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

“I recall my first time in the Super Eagles with these top players. I took a step back and wondered if it’s the same players that I wanted to have pictures with that I was [there] with.

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“It was crazy. You see Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi, senior man Kelechi Iheanacho – it’s impossible.”

After two appearances in back-to-back friendlies against Cameroon, Moffi made his competitive debut in September’s 2-1 win in Cape Verde as the Super Eagles consolidated their Group C lead in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

“I honestly don’t think I’ve let it settle in yet. It’s quite rapid and to be called up without going through the youth teams doesn’t normally come around,” he pointed out.

“As a Nigerian you want to play in major competitions like the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup. I hope I get my chance.”

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  • NFF has started again. Ghana coach who was appointed last week has already released his team list for next week World Cup Qualifier (Ghanasoccernet.com). Higo Borros of South Africa has already released his own list (en.africantopsports.com). It only Nigeria NFf that is yet to release the list 8 days to the crucial match. That’s why we keep on saying to the whole world the type of incompetent, unserious and unorganized executive members we have at the glass house in Abuja. God will definitely deliver our football from this people.God bless Nigeria

    • We have more players than both countries combined to consider. Calling up a Nigerian squad takes a lot more thinking than calling up a South African or Ghanaian squad

  • Kelvin 3 weeks ago

    The list will be out within the week and ejaria ovie is on the list

    • That will be good news if ejaria is on the list.

    • Greenturf 3 weeks ago

      Own goal website gave a hint of a new addition to the super eagles,I’m sure your guess is as good as mine haha..Ejaria came to mind also reading that article but we are not 100% certain it’s Ejaria,it could be Olise or some other player let us just wait and see who this mystery player really is.

  • Abdul handsy 3 weeks ago

    It could also be akinkunmi amoo from Harmmaby in swedish league…

    • Peter Opotoboruwe 3 weeks ago

      Maybe Chuba Akpom. He has left England for Nigeria.

  • That Moffi debut in the Cameroun friendly, one other player that really caught the eye was Marcus Abraham. Strange he’s not got another look-in by the coach since then. Rather, the subpar Ozonrwafor l in the same friendly continues to get invites. Hoping Rohr pleasantly surprised us in his impending list

    • pompei 3 weeks ago

      Kel, I was also disappointed by the Marcus snub. I don’t understand it. The same way Ejuke has been snubbed in the recent past!
      Perhaps there is something going on with Marcus that Rohr knows about, but the rest of us don’t know. If Marcus is fit and in form, and is among the best we have, Rohr will surely invite him. No doubt about that.

      • Omo9ja 2 weeks ago

        God bless you more Kel. Nigerians are waking up day by day. I don’t know what they will call you now Kel.

        Pompei is running away from the truth.
        Chai, running away from the truth ba?

        This has been happening almost every year or whenever new players joined the team.

        Should be in case you don’t remember, let me remind you a bit Mr. Pompei.

        What happened to Dessers?

        What happened to Alanpasun?

        What happened to Simmy?

        Where is Yakubu today?

        Osagwe nko?

        Kai, should I continue ba?

        Mr. Pompei, this is what oga Rohr is going to be doing and I can assure you that we can never have a team under him.

        If they like, they should get C. Ronaldo and Messi into the Super Eagles camp. The coaching crew doesn’t have the power to build a team we can be proud of.

        Dear Pompei, it should be much easier for any coach in the world to build a strong team for Nigeria because we players.

        We have players and goalies all over the world kę.

        Mr. Pompei, if am lucky to be the Super Eagles coach, I can guarantee you that my team should be ready to take the world by storm within 2 to 3 years.

        I will build my team around this qualities.

        1. I will start my work in the goalkeeping department first. I need three best goalies and I will throw the camp wide open for screening.

        2. I will select my defenders based on the style I want my team to be playing.

        N03. Midfielders. I will like to have players like Nwakali, Obodo, Nwobodo, /Ndidi/Kanu/Ęjaria. Jay Jay/Rabiu Ibrahim, Oliseh/Micheal. Based on the style I want my team to play.

        4. Strikers. Also, I will have so many options upfront. Strikers like Rashidi Yekini/Osimhen/Onuachu/Awoniyi.
        Aghahowa= Dennis/Dessers/Kayode

        Now, I will tell NFF to organize a small tournament for me within Nigeria.

        Every FIFA calendar, my team will play against the best NPFL teams.

        From there, I will take it to another level by playing with small African teams in Africa.

        Now that my players understands themselves as a team, I will play against the likes of Algeria, Senegal, Morocco and Egypt.

        Then, I will play with top European and South America teams.

        Less than 2 years, I will get my team ready for Afcon and world cup.

        Every tournament I go, I will set my own target. Every match is a final. That is the spirit and my team will play from start to finish.

        And always telling my team this before we play a match. It is a game of 11 vs 11 on the pitch. It doesn’t matter if they are playing against Messi or C. Ronaldo.

        Since I have so many abundant talents in my team, I have nothing to be worried about.

        When we have corner kicks, I have Onuachu and Osimhen in place.

        Whenever freekicks occurs, I have Nwakali ready for the freekicks.

        Every player in my team have a role to play.

        My team will have a pattern of play.

        They will play from the back as a team.

        My team will defend together, attack together as a team.

        I will adopt Marnu Gerba under17 2013 team style.

        I will have option A, B and C ready.

        At the world cup, I set my target as well.

        I will tap from Siasia, Super Falcons ideas by ignoring NFF if they don’t pay my dues.

        After winning the Afcon, I will stay there until NFF pay off their debts.

        I will do the same thing if I win the world cup.

        My goals are, I want to make name for myself and my country.

        I want to make my patriotic Nigerians know that they have a world class coach in Nigeria that they can be proud of.

        I will show Oga Rohr followers the total football that they have been missing all this while.

        Lastly, I will bring unity among ourselves. It doesn’t matter where you comes from, as long as you a Nigerian, that is what matters.

        We can see now that the current Super Eagles team is far from that qualities?

        We don’t have one or two good freekick specialists in the team.

        We don’t have good goal keepers.

        So, what is happening over the five years Pompei?

        I have said a lot of things above there
        kę and I think Amunike, Egbo Manu Garba Eguavoen, Enyeama and Ikeme are capable to do this if Oga Agu and Oga Rohr fail to impress in Cameroon.

        We have to take the risk my people. I have said it before and I will say it again. Oga Rohr will keep inviting decent players into the camp without having a team.

        What we have now can’t withstand the pressure Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and Algeria and we are deceiving ourselves every day that we are winning the Afcon trophy in Cameroon?

        I don’t hate Oga Rohr. I repeat, I don’t hate coach Agu. It is all about Nigeria. I have said this during the Afcon in Egypt, I hope we saw what happened in the end?

        The only solution to the problem is to help Oga Rohr with an expert or ex players should take over from Oga Rohr if there’s no going to be an improvement after the Afcon.

        That is what I can say Pompei. Kel have spoken and it is our responsibility to
        digital his words wella. I want the best for Nigeria and at this junction, Nigeria comes first. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

        • Omo9ja 2 weeks ago

          Digest rather.

          • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

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        • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

          Pele o…omuti oshi. Welcome back from dreamland.

          Be lucky enough to coach your neighborhood team before being lucky to coach the SE. People dont get lucky to coach the SE, they submit CVs, not empty CVs – strong competitive CVs, get shortlisted, get interviewed, pass their interviews and get hired. If you want to coach the SE, go and show them your CV at he NFF headquarters.

          Every FIFA calendar, you will bring 23 players down from Europe to play against the best NPFL teams that cannot qualify for group stages of CAF competitions…..you think it is N200 Okada that takes people from Europe to Nigeria abi.

          You will fly players 7-15 hours to go and play NPFL teams who dont have a defined calendar and play 2 league matches weekly already.

          I guess it is in your family compound all the invited players will lodge when they arrive and it is the bread and okro soup you eat everyday that they too will eat.

          Weldone ehn. You are such a good dreamer.

          Just wait till NFF owes you 7 months salary and your landlord starts threatening you with eviction, that is when you will wake up to reality.

          Joseph the dreamer….continue your day dreams

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      So all of Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Chidera Ejuke and Kingsley Michael (wingers and midfielders) who were invited, could not or did not get the job done eventually right…? Or does Abraham Marcus now play Central Defense too that he should have gotten the nod ahead of Ozornwafor…?

      Maybe Rohr should have invited 12 wingers for both games and left the defense short of options.

      I dont know which Ozonwafor you watched against Cameroon but for a HIGHLY REPUTABLE international media outlet like Goal.com to rate him 6.5/10 (2nd best rating behind Iwobi’s 7.5) is a testament to the commendable performance of a debutant who never put 1 foot wrong the whole game.

      “….Valentine Ozornwafor (6.5/10)…Gave a good account of himself in central defence on his first Nigeria start.The left-footed Galatasaray defender won the majority of his duels and looks quite comfortable in possession.

      CSN on their own part rated him 6/10 (3rd best rating behind Iwobi and Awaziem’s 7 each)
      “…Valentine Ozornwafor (6)….Made his first Super Eagles start following the absence of the regular central defenders and impressed. Came to the Eagles’ rescue with a timely block to halt a counter by the Cameroonians…”

      But the same boy with whom words like “Impressed” and “Gave a good account” were associated with by 2 BIG media outlets was “subpar Ozonrwafor” to you just because you want to find faults where there are none. The video recording of the match is still there online for all to see.

      Some of you are just unbelievable sometimes.

      Rohr is not under any obligation to satisfy anyone’s selection fantasies. He is under obligation to get his job done and the players to help him achieve that are solely his own prerogative. If he needs Marcus he will surely invite him and if he doesnt, he has other capable names he can choose from. Mind you Marcus has even been struggling with fitness issues as he is yet to recover from an injuring he has been nursing since pre-season.

      I know we hate Rohr and hate to see his guts…but we should also learn to put on the cap of objectivity once in a while. The only window after the Cameroon window was this last one, how a recovering Marcus is supposed to get another look-in by the coach “since then” when 6 senior, more experienced and already tested wingers are fit, firing and available beats imagination.

      Or maybe I am probably missing something.

      • @Dr drey and others on this forum please help us begin to take note of any of our players on yellow card and publish them to curtail 2018 Algeria incident. Thanks

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    I like soup. Egusi, Efo riro, Banga, Kalabari soup loaded with periwinkles, Gbegiri and ewedu, Edika Ikong, Afang, Onugbu, Oha, Ofe Nsala, etc. I Like them well well. I’m sure Omo9ja has his own favorites.
    Salt and pepper make soup tasty, but you can’t pour the whole bag into the soup because you want to enhance it’s taste to the maximum. If you do that, what you have left is no longer soup, but something nasty. Something disgusting that you can only throw away.
    A team is like soup. You have to strike a balance. You can’t have too many players of one type. You need the RIGHT PROPORTION of different types of players to come up with a good squad.
    You mentioned Dessers and Simy. These are good strikers. However, how many strikers do you want Rohr to invite at the same time? Or, who should Rohr have dropped for Dessers and Simy, out of Osimhen, Onuachu, Iheanacho, Moffi?
    Marcus is also a young lad I am interested in. He is a winger who can also play as an AM. Now which of these wingers will you drop for Marcus? Kalu, Ejuke, Onyekuru, Simon, Musa? Perhaps he could have been squeezed in as an AM, because apart from Iwobi and Aribo, we had no other AM. However, Rohr might have reasoned that the likes of Ejuke, Kalu, and Musa can play that role if need be.
    We all want to see these players get a chance. However, we can’t invite everyone AT THE SAME TIME. It’s up to Rohr to chose the players THAT ARE THE BEST FIT FOR WHAT WE NEED AT A PARTICULAR TIME PERIOD.
    Rohr is the chef cooking in the kitchen. We can make suggestions, but let’s refrain from trying to usurp the chef’s role. Remember the old saying: TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE SOUP.

  • Emmanuel 2 weeks ago

    “I will build my team around this qualities”, Jayjay,Rashidi Yekini, Aghahowa,Obodo, now this is the height of acute insanity.Omo9ja,do you know Yekini is no more?do u intend to use a dead man to build a quality team?the rest mentioned by you above have all retired and even forgot to have ever played the game,and do u intend to call th3m back from retirement?

    Your level of ignorance stinks, in fact very annoying to think that inspite of the consist3nt advise on this forum you have failed to learn.Why don’t you use that your expertise to improve your English first or improve your analytical mind.I must tell you Omo9ja,you reason like my little puppy still trying to learn his way around.Infact the puppy is better than you cos it’s ready to learn,but you will never stop wallowing in your ignorance.

    How on earth will a sane man intend to build a quality team with retired and a dead man,shame on you omo9ja ke, big shame on you.Just because I told you to make recommendations on this forum does not mean you should attempt to plunge us into River Benue with your stupidity.

    Well,I know u only did all that for attention sake.But trust me I will not be tired of exposing your lunacy if u don’t decease from same.

  • Peter Opotoboruwe 2 weeks ago

    Izuchukwu Anthony and Anayo Iwuala must make the next list or there will be trouble. These are 2 of Nigeria’s best players at this time.