By Judith Nwabia
Dream Team goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel said his proficiency and superlative exhibits at the Rio Olympics earned him a call-up to the Super Eagles.
Daniel was among the pack that got Nigeria a bronze medal at the Olympics in Brazil, the only medal the country was able to win.
The Enugu Rangers goalie received a prompt invitation to the Super Eagles for the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo next month.
“My invitation to the Super Eagles is a reward for what I did at the Olympics,” Daniel told Africanfootball.com.
“It’s a big honour to be considered for the Eagles and I hope to continue to work hard.”
Daniel was widely expected to lose his No.1 position in the Olympic team to the more experienced South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi, but he rose to the challenge to be in goal for five of the six games Nigeria played in Brazil.
“I was very determined to prove myself especially with my big brother, Akpeyi also in the team,” he said.
“I was equal to the challenge and that was why I kept my place in the first team.”