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Ajayi Opens Up On Playing For Nigeria

Super Eagles Defender, Semi Ajayi has revealed that he has fulfilled a childhood dream by playing for Nigeria.

The West Brom defender had represented Nigeria at the U-20 and U-21 level before making his Super Eagles debut in 2018 following his impressive performances for Rotherham United.

The 27-year-old made his Super Eagles debut against Seychelles in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He has recalled the feeling when he got his first invitation to the Super Eagles.

“When I was at Charlton, I had already represented Nigeria at under-20 and under-21 level. I’d always envisioned myself progressing to the first team,” Ajayi told BBC Sport Africa.

“When I got promoted with Rotherham, I was playing week in week out in the Championship”.

That season I got a call from the Nigeria team saying that they had been monitoring my progress and they would like to offer me an invitation to the first team.

“I was buzzing, I was over the moon. Then I made my debut a couple of weeks later against Seychelles. It’s a surreal feeling pulling on that jersey and knowing that you are representing 200 million people”.

“I’m blessed to be part of the 18 or 23 people selected to represent the country. It’s something I don’t take for granted.”

Ajayi has played 14 matches for the Super Eagles, he was also part of the team that finished third at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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