Thursday, 7 September 2017

Aina: I Chose Nigeria Ahead Of England Because It's A Great Country

Ola Aina was called up to the Nigeria national team for the World Cup double-header against Cameroon.
Aina, who is on loan from Chelsea at English Championship side Hull City, talked about his change of allegiance to Nigeria from England where he’d represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.

Speaking with Completesportsnigeria, the 20-year-old defender said:
"I love Nigeria. Nigeria is such a beautiful place and the people are always eager to help and make you feel at home.

"The players have shown me love. Everyone has been especially kind to me since I joined up that it’s hard to believe that I’ve not known them all my life.

"They did a welcome party for the new players and we were expected to sing karaoke. I sang Timaya’s song and it was fun.

"The staff have also gone out of their way to help me settle in and I’m very grateful for that. It couldn’t have been better than this. I choose Nigeria because it’s my country Yes, but I chose Nigeria. 

"Seriously speaking, Nigeria is a great country and the lure of playing for the Super Eagles was too appealing to turn down.

"Of course, at the time I couldn’t play for England for reasons I didn’t know so when the opportunity came to switch to Nigeria I grabbed it with both hands and though it’s still early days yet but I’m enjoying myself here and I hope to be with the Nigerian team for a long while to come."
Aina is born to a Nigerian father and a British mother.

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