Super Eagles latest invitee David Nwokolor is not entirely new to the national team set up of Nigeria, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.
In 2013 after returning from a tournament in Korea with Football Academy Abuja, Nwokolor was invited to join the Nigeria U-17 team who were in desperate need for a goalkepper.
Coach of the team Manu Garba asked Football Academy Abuja to recommend one of their goalkeppers to him, and Nwokolor who was first choice was recommended to the coaches.
Nwokolor arrived at the training pitch of the team in company of a younger goalkepper in Dele Alampasu who is second fiddle to the Vitez of Bosnia shot stopper back then.
However, coach Manu complained of Nwokolor’s size and expressed reservation that the six foot shot stopper will struggle to pass the mandatory MRI test for U-17s.
A shocked and dejected Nwokolor bravely turned to Alampasu and gave him his gloves to take his position between the sticks, and the CD Feirense shot stopper immediately found favours with the coaches.
Barring any last minute hitch, both players will once again reunite at the national team camp, when the Super Eagles converge for one of the three friendly games lined up for the team.