Much has been made about the inclusion of Chibuzor Okonkwo at the expense of Mainz 05 Leon Balogun from the Super Eagles squad for the game against Egypt.
Owngoalnigeria.com can however revealed that Okonkwo belongs to a selected few the new interim manager of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia calls “My Boys”.
27 year old Okonkwo in Nigeria’s ill fated attempt to qualify for AFCON 2012 under Samson Siasia he played in all but one of Nigeria’s qualifier which was the decider against Guinea where illness caused by a Chicken Pox infection saw him missed out.
Okonkwo national team experience have all come under Samson Siasia which includes games at U-23 level where he went to Beijing 2008 and two years later made his debut for the senior national team when Siasia was coach and till date has 9 caps to his name.
The Jos born defender aside having all his national team participation under Siasia was also signed by the Eagles interim coach while he was at Heartland FC of Owerri.
However despite all of this exposures, Okonkwo is yet to play professional in Europe and his only stint outside Nigeria was a six month spell at Libya’s Asswehly SC before returning back to Nigeria to join Ifeanyi Ubah FC.
His recent invitation is meant to help him relaunch himself after numerous failed attempt to take his stock abroad.