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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 25: Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Nigeria warms up during Team Nigeria field scouting at Zenit Arena onJune 25, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has revealed that he is ‘honored and happy’ to be called back to the Super Eagles CHAN team ahead of Sunday’s qualifiers against Togo in Lome.

Ezenwa who spoke exclusively to DiegwuSports from Abuja where the team is camped also disclosed that the team is ready for the task of qualifying for next year’s CHAN.

“I am honored and happy to be called upon to represent my country. For me it is a privilege. I am happy to be back to the team.

“We are absolutely focused on the task ahead and we are looking forward to getting the ticket for the tournament proper” Ezenwa told DiegwuSports.

Ezenwa captained Nigeria to a runner up position in 2018 as they lost 4-0 to hosts Morocco in last year’s edition in what was also the best ever finish for the Super Eagles in the tournament.

The former FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper who was also part of the Super Eagles’ squad that cane third in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt believes that the team will still excel despite most of the players being under the age of 23.

“I think it makes no difference whether they are Under 23 or not. They are highly talented players who will easily make the CHAN team regardless of their age.

“We just have to go there and play to the best of our abilities and I am sure we would deliver.”

Ezenwa recently re-joined Heartland FC after spells with Bayelsa United, Sunshine Stars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Katsina United. On the International scene, he is aiming to qualify for his 3rd CHAN having represented Nigeria in the 2016 and 2018 editions in Rwanda and Morocco respectively.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are expected to depart Nigeria on Friday for Lome, ahead of Sunday’s qualifiers.

The kickoff for the match is 4pm Nigeria time.

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