German-born Nigerian goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has revealed he still dreams of wearing the green and white jersey of Nigeria despite Coach Gernot Rohr saying there would be no new faces as the team prepares for this year’s AFCON in June, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 19-year-old was overlooked by Rohr for the game against Seychelles and Egypt but was called up for the U-23 team qualifier against Libya, but after a dispute with his club, the player opted out of the clash.
He, however, disclosed to AOIFootball.com exclusively from his base in Germany, that the club needed him to stay back in Germany after just returning from injury but he remains open to future call-ups with the Dream Team VII.
“Obviously I’m disappointed not to have been part of the U-23 setup. Fortuna really needed me at the time so they didn’t let me go and I just came back from injury which made them scared about me having a relapse.
“I insisted on making the trip to Nigeria but club policies hindered me and I had to stay back. Hopefully, I will be available for the next round because our last game is on 18th of May and the games against Sudan are in June between 5 and 11 so there will be no problems. I’ll be available for the next qualifiers, no doubt,” Okoye assured.
Born to a Nigerian father and a German mother, the former Bayern Leverkusen youth prodigy has remained committed to featuring for Nigeria over his country of birth Germany.
Maduka has featured 12 times for Fortuna Düsseldorf II, helping the club stay in a comfortable 11th position on the table, ten points clear of the relegation zone with seven games left in the season.