Super Eagles star Nnamdi Oduamadi who missed out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil says in this interview with JOHNNY EDWARD that he is under pressure to deliver as race for the 2015 AFCON ticket begins against Congo next month.
You have been selected for the Nations Cup double header games against Congo and South Africa next month. How do you fancy Eagles chances?
It’s going to be tough even if many Nigerians believe we could possibly get an easy group but I see Nigeria progressing to the competition proper in Morocco next year. I am not underrating these teams, but we will achieve our aim with Stephen Keshi in charge because we will play each game as if everything depends on it. That’s how he stretches us to the limit prior to the last edition. We just need to give our best to achieve our dreams.
Getting the chance to compete at the Nations Cup in 2015, having missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, can you tell us about other goals you are hoping to achieve?
Playing at the World Cup with my national team was the biggest ambition I had but it wasn’t to be. I have put the disappointment behind me and that has motivated me to work harder. Individually and as a group, I pray we all stay fit and healthy to feature prominently in Morocco, because that’s the next thing.
There were unconfirmed reports that injury stopped you from making the final squad to Brazil 2014, what’s your take on that?
Everybody wants to have a say in all that happens, I wasn’t injured. Like I said, that is in the past and now the focus is on the future.
Having missed out on the World Cup, do you feel under pressure to make a mark with the team with the coach trying different players in the same position?
Well I do, I was sad to miss the World Cup in Brazil. I have a lot to offer the team and I must stamp my authority in the team. It’s an honor to dorn the colours of the national team and I will always give my best to the cause.
You were close to a move to French side, Nantes before joining Crotone. Why did you opt for a lower division side for a fourth consecutive time?
My parent club has over 70% say in where I play on loan and not forgetting the financial implications. Milan were not willing to let me play away from Italy and that was why they chose not to pay part of my wages. I’m happy at Crotone. It’s a club where I will play more games and challenge for the promotion to the Serie A.
Two goals in two games for Crotone since joining, is this a statement of intent for the coming season which kicks off against Ternana?
I’m fully ready for the new season and I hope to score 15 goals from my position as a winger.
With your recent tweets, you followed the Falconets progress at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. What do you think they did wrong in the final against Germany?
They had everything going in their favour but were unlucky not to have won. Their talents and purpose on the pitch were too much for the Germans. In all, for me they have made us all proud.
Which player impressed you most at the tournament?
Asisat Oshoala and Courtney Dike did well making the headlines while Nnodim performed well in the defence as well.
Nnamdi, thanks for your time!
You are welcome