Ejike Uzoenyi laments Echiejile’s misfortune

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Ejike Uzoenyi has rued the unfortunate circumstances that earned him a recall to Nigeria’s World Cup squad.

The Enugu Rangers winger admitted that he is happy to be back in the team, and thanked his teammates for the warm welcome. He however regretted the fact that his return was occasioned by the misfortune of his teammate, Elderson Echiejile.

“The way my colleagues in the team received me was wonderful and I was short of words, my only pain is that I had to come back to the team because one of our team members was injured,” Uzoenyi said.

“It would have been sweeter if I had been chosen on merit, which I think I deserve. But I wish Elderson Echejile a quick recovery and hopefully he will return before the start of next season in Europe.”

Uzoenyi insisted that contrary to reports, he was not disappointed when he was not named in the initial 23-man squad because he has total confidence in the judgment of coach Stephen Keshi.

“From the beginning Keshi has been with me, treated me like a father will his son, and I have been everywhere with him. Even if he asks me to leave now I will still respect his decision but I thank God that I am back in the team and will do my best in the World Cup,” he said.

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