YESSENTUKI, RUSSIA - JUNE 12: Chidozie Awaziem of Nigeria poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session on June 12, 2018 in Yessentuki, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)



Super Eagles defender, Chidozie Awaziem has described his AFCON experience as a proud one, even as he wished it had ended with the team bringing home the trophy, reports.


Awaziem, who surprised many with his near-perfect performances in all six games he featured for the country, told at the team’s base in Cairo that it was an honour to have been selected to be a part of the team.


“I’m extremely proud of myself irrespective of how we end the tournament. We came here with a mindset to clinch the trophy; we knew it was not going to be an easy task but I believe we gave our best.


“To have been selected as part of the 23-man squad was an honour and to have even featured makes me more proud. The experience from this tournament would always be a massive boost for me and I hope to keep improving going forward,” Awaziem said.


The 22-year-old centre-back made a name for himself at the 2019 AFCON after coming off the bench to replace right-back Shehu Abdullahi in the Eagles’ first game against Burundi but showed no weakness as he mastered the position to himself.


Awaziem will, however, miss Nigeria’s third-place game against Tunisia after picking two yellow cards. He would, however, leave Egypt with a landmark achievement after being the only defender to have featured in more than four games.


The Porto defender completed 15 of his 15 tackles and also made 8 clearances, 5 blocks and also just three aerial battles in all of his 6 games played at the tournament.