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Ujah plan supporters role for Eagles at Russia 2018

Super Eagles fringe player, Anthony Ujah, has started articulating his plans to support the Nigeria national soccer team from the comfort of his home instead of traveling with the team to Russia.

His goal is to support the Eagles and ensure they reach the semi-finals of the World  Cup first time in the history of African participation in the Mundial.

The Mainz FC of Germany striker is most likely not going to be a part of the team to Russia due to poor form and he has decided not to just watch quietly on television but organize supporters for the Eagles in his home each time the Eagles play at Russia 2018.

This season, the Nigerian star had only made 11 appearances for his German club and had failed to score any goal.

“It’s going to be difficult for me to be a part of the World Cup squad,” Ujah said. “I know that very well because I haven’t played for the national team in a while and I haven’t played much for my club either. It’s understandable why I would struggle to break into the team. The good thing is that Nigeria is blessed with a lot of talent, especially in the offence. I have no worries that the team will do well and I will support them wherever I am.”

The Super Eagles will start their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16, then face Iceland on June 22 and Argentina June 26.

“We are in a difficult group so it’s hard to make any predictions of how far we will go. First of all we need to try and make it out of the group. I am very positive that we will go far once we do that and we could break the quarterfinals ceiling. We played well in the qualifiers.”

“We have a coach who is doing well. We have a team which he has been slowly putting together, not this chopping and changing that we’ve had in the past. It’s a good group of players, more like family than anything. With good preparations and good friendly matches Nigeria will do very well.”

“It was a well-deserved win. We showed that we were ready for business from the first half. It was a very convincing win. There’s no doubt that we were more superior than our opponents. We were fighting for our lives so we had to put on such a performance. When you are fighting for your life, you take it like this is your last chance and you give it your all.”

“After we saw that Hamburger and Freiburg won, we had to win even though we were looking at teams above us, but those who are below us were catching up with us. All of that put together motivated us to win. We don’t want a situation where we have to get something from the last game to survive.”

He added that: “It’s frustrating to be outside and not be able to help the team,” Ujah said. “But I understand why I am in this situation. I came here late, in January and I have been supporting the team anyway that I can – emotionally and physically in training and the locker room while I wait for my chance.”

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