By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Glasgow Rangers midfielder, Sone Aluko was an unused substitute in last weekend’s Nigeria versus Rwanda Nations Cup 2013 qualifiers, but he was all the same grateful to coach Stephen Keshi for handing him his first invitation to the national senior team.
Aluko who featured in the Under-23 team under coach Austin Eguaveon said that he was very impressed with the work coach Keshi has been doing with the predominately home-based team adding that he was optimistic that the Eagles will return to the world top ten where the team once belonged.
“It was really nice to be here. It is my first time here in Calabar and it is a proud moment for me and the team and for me to be invited to play for my country.
“Football fans should expect 110 per cent commitment from me whenever I am called upon to play for my country. Of course, I always give my best when I play for my club and country,’’ he
He added that it was only a matter of time that Nigeria football woes will be over.
“Our football may be nose-diving; I have no problem with that because every country’s soccer goes through a bad spell.
“With time and through this rebuilding process the Super Eagles will fly
“And believe me, this team has the quality to return Nigeria’s football to previous happy times, it glory days in
football,’’ he said.
His Senator dad Sen. Gbenga Aluko who watched the game in Calabar stated that he was happy to have his son playing for the national team, but wouldn’t use his influence to see that the boy is regularly in the starting 11.
“If I had my way I wouldn’t want people to know he is my son.
“This is because I would not want that to distract.
“I realize that it is his time, it is his day. Let him enjoy it. I have been following his football since he started playing at eight,’’ he said.