I won’t beg to be recalled into Super Eagles – Afelokhai

Afelokhai: I won’t beg to be recalled into Super Eagles

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Enyimba FC goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has said he will never beg or influence anybody for him to once again don the Super Eagles jersey.

In an exclusive chat, the former Kano Pillars captain said he is glad he is appreciated by fans across the world who often ask why he is not playing for the three-time African champions.

“The truth is that when God says its my time, nobody can stop me. I am happy people appreciate me and call me to ask what I have done wrong as to why I have not been invited to the Super Eagles. They have seen that with my experience, I am fit to man that post. I am short of words but I believe my time will come and if it doesn’t come, I will keep working hard.

“My fans know I deserve it and it’s a source of joy for me that they believe in me. My dream is to leave the country and go and play in a better league. People are playing in big clubs without playing in their national teams,” he said.

Speaking further, the Aba Warriors shot stopper revealed that he is open to leaving Enyimba and move to a bigger club where he can make good money and help people around him.

“I want to play in a big club to make good money and make people around me happy. With the little I make, people are still benefiting, what more if I earn more from better leagues. I can’t force or beg the coaches to invite me to Super Eagles,” he noted.

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He, however lampooned current manager, Gernot Rohr for devaluing the market price of home based players following his constant refusal to invite them to the national team. 

“During Keshi’s time, he made the home based players to be really valued because he used them in the Super Eagles but right now, the market value of home based players has dropped drastically, and it is just too poor.

“In the past, the home based players get signed up easily but now, they have to go through trials to get signed which is very bad. This is simply because we are not recognized in the national team,” Afelokhai said.

Afelokhai has been Enyimba’s first choice goalkeeper this season made a return to the senior national team for the first time in three years when he was called up as a replacement for an injured Francis Uzoho for the team’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa and an international friendly against Uganda in 2018.

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