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Nothing will make me play for another country – Olarenwaju

By Jude Opara, Abuja
DESPITE not being given the opportunity to play for the Super Eagles, former junior international Kayode Olarenwaju has vowed not to play for any other country other than Nigeria.


Kayode, who currently plies is trade with Austrian Vienna in the Austrian league, said after playing for Nigeria at the U-17, U-20 and the U-23 levels, he cannot see himself representing another country at the senior level.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the striker who last represented Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013 said he had severally rejected offers to play for Austria.

He added that due to his current form which saw him scoring 13 goals with 11 assists in the just ended season, he believes he has all it takes to be in the Super Eagles at the moment.

“My dream is to be among the current Super Eagles because it shows how great a player is when he represents his country at the senior level. It is the right time for me to be in the national team.

“Severally, I have rejected offers to play for the Austrian national team. It is not right for me to play for another country after representing my country at all the junior levels. I know that one day I will have my chance and everybody will know that in Austria, we equally play quality football.”

Olarenwaju further revealed that he has a lot of offers to leave the Austrian league but added that despite the interests by some clubs including those in the English premiership, he can’t go to England now because he needs to have the mandatory 75% appearance for his country.

On the failure of the country to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the former junior international said it is painful that the country has lost out back to back, adding that this should be an opportunity to rebuild the national team for greater results.

“Nigeria has a lot of talented players that can give her quality representation. We can also open the camp for everybody to come and showcase what he can do. Honestly I feel bad that we crashed out yet again. We really need fresh blood to rebuild the team” added Olarenwaju, who also revealed that the Nigerian club he supports is Enyimba International of Aba.



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