By Tosin Omojola ( newspot
Former Super Eagles defensive midfielder Seyi George Olofinjana, said wearing the colours of Nigeria as a national team player was a great privilege he will ever cherish.
The Chemical Engineering graduate from the Ladoke Akinrola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, expressed this in a recent interview.
“In the first place, donning the Super Eagles’ jesrsy is nobody’s right, it is just a privilege, so I feel great to have played for my country at the highest level”, said the former Wolverhampton of England player.
“I have no regret whatsoever playing for Super Eagles. In fact, I never had the dream that I would feature for the team but it pleased God in his grace to grant me that great opportunity which I grabbed.
I feel blessed to have played with great talents in a country of over 200 million people. I chesirshed every game I played for Nigeria”, said Olofinjana, who is now the pathway manager of Wolverhampton Academy.
The ex international, mentioned the late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), former Super Eagles handlers, Christian Chukwu, Augustine Eguavoen and Amusa Adisa as some of those who motivated him in his national team career.
“How do you begin to thank people for over ten years I represented the country, l met quite a number of players, administrators, coaches, admin staffs, lots of people which I couldn’t name but there are four people in particular that really helped my career.
“I must say a huge thank you to late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi who was the Secretary General by the time I came into Eagles, he knew l was so shy and I have something to deliver so he lifted me with words of encouragement, Christian Chukwu, Amusa Adisa and Austin Eguavoen really moulded me to what l later became.
“They were so influential and believed in me, l didn’t know anybody in the national team, l just got the invitation and they took me under their wings and helped me.
“I never played in defensive role before coming into the national team but Christian Chukwu and Eguavoen converted me and the rest is history,” the former Stoke City midfielder disclosed.
Olofinjana began his career with local Crown FC of Ogbomoso and Kwara United of Ilorin before jetting out for greener pasture in Europe where he joined Norwagian club, SK Brann, scoring 11 goals from 34 appearances.
The midfielder, who was capped 56 times by Nigeria, made his debut Super Eagles in June 2020, in a 3-2 win over Malawi and was in the national team for over a decade.