Sunday Rotimi relishes Super Eagles return




















Dolphins first choice goalkeeper, Sunday Rotimi has told naijafootball247.com exclusively that he is happy to be back to the Super Eagles.

Rotimi was 1st choice at Dolphins and 2nd choice at the Super Eagles pre-2005 until he made a move to Israel to play for Ironi Rishon lesion and on his return lost his place at the Super Eagles and Dolphins where Chijioke Ejiogu held sway as top choice.

Pic: Sunday Rotimi and Dolphins team mate Isaac Amponsah

After being named in the 20 man list of Eagles players for the Green Bowl tourney in the US next week, Rotimi says he always knew with patience he would work his way back to the top.

“Indeed I am happy to have been invited to the Super Eagles camp once again and being given the opportunity to prove my worth to the national team selectors.

“It is my belief that my performances at Dolphins since 2007 when I returned and most of all this season where things have moved on well for the club all quicken my re-invitation to the national team,” Rotimi said.

This season he has let in just two goals, one each in losses on the road to Sharks and Niger Tornadoes and in his last two caps for the Super Eagles in 2004 against Ireland and Jamaica at the Unity Cup in London.

“Before I left to Israel I was second choice at the National team to Vincent (Enyeama). I know that since then we have others like Austin (Ejide) and Dele (Aiyenugba) come up, but I am not thinking of taking any body’s shirt for now.

“This is like the Super Eagles B team and I hope to put up a good performance if I am given the nod to start or play any game at the US tourney so I can be called up for the big game against Ethiopia next month and other Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.”

Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia named Rotimi alongside 19 others 20 players for the United States president’s holiday celebration football tournament, tagged the Green Bowl Soccer tournament, which takes place in Dallas, Texas, United States of America next weekend.

Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama will also play in the tournament.

Chibuzor Okonkwo who plays for Heartland leads the group alongside goalkeeper Chigozie Agim.
Others in the team are Ekigho Ehiosun, Ejike Uzoenyi, Gambo Mohammed, Victor Ezeji and Joseph Thompson.

Defenders Valentine Nwabili, Abdul-Wasiu Sowemimo and Gege Soriola, midfielders Julius Ubido, Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Stanley Okoronkwo.

Others are Yinka Adedeji, Yusuf Jaiyeola, Cletus Itodo, Osas Okoro, Harrison Egbune and Bernard Okorowanta.
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