Sunday Adetunji has praised his exceptional season for Enyimba which has earned him a call-up to the Super Eagles' Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa and the friendly game with Uganda both slated for November.
The Eagles are first in Group E with nine points from four games despite starting the Afcon qualifiers on a losing note to Bafana Bafana and they will return to the African football showpiece if they secure at least a draw in Johannesburg on November 17.
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr decided to invite 23 players to camp which included two home based players: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba) and Adeleye Aniyikaye (FC Ifeanyi Ubah) while there were five alternate players in the case some of the regular invited players pick up injuries before the games.
Despite not breaking into the main team of the Eagles yet, Adetunji revealed that he is delighted that his hard work in the just concluded season did not go unnoticed and that he will continue to work assiduously to ensure that gives his best if he eventually gets the breakthrough.
“It is the wish of every player to play for his country and I will say I am happy to be given a look in,” Adetunji told Goal.
“I am thrilled with this invitation and whatever that happens thereafter I want to put everything in God’s hand. He will guide me. I just want to continue training and ensure that I stay fit and ready if I am called upon.
“I will say that my game has improved since I had the opportunity to play in the continent and I have to be grateful to the Chairman of Abia Warriors, High Chief Emeka Inyama for giving me the opportunity to move to Enyimba on loan. He had the opportunity to stop me and insists that I must help Abia Warriors but he was a good man and allowed me to go.”
The attacker pointed out that he knew that Eagles coach, Rohr was satisfied with what he did in the friendly match with the Lone Star of Liberia in September and that his words of admonition that he continues to play his normal game and offer assistance to the team have stayed with him.
“Coach Rohr told me before coming on against Liberia that I should go to the pitch without fear and that I should just play my normal game and try to help the team,” he continued.
“He still praised me after the game and told me to continue to improve. I really must thank him for those words because he acted like a father to me just like he has always been to the other players.”
Adetunji scored five goals in the Federation Cup and one in the Caf Confederation Cup campaign.