Former Chelsea star reflects on playing for Super Eagles

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 25/10/2019

Former Chelsea full-back Ola Aina has reflects on playing on Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of Three Lions of England.

The 23-year-old London joined the Blues as a schoolboy and went on to spend 11 years with the Stamford Bridge outfit, including a loan spell at Championship side Hull City before moving to Serie A outfit in 2018 for his second stint away from the Premier League and earned rave reviews to secure a permanent stay with the Italian outfit this summer.

Aina played for the English at the youth level decided to switch allegiance to Nigeria in 2017 and narrowly missed from the 2018 Russia World Cup squad but former Chelsea youngster was later included in Super Eagles squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations back in July and went on to established himself as regular in the team following an injury to first-choice Shehu Abdullahi.

The Torino defender Ola told Aljazeera as he reflecting on his performance in Egypt: "It was completing a circle in my life having played for England at youth level. To then play for Nigeria at a major tournament – the buzz after that assist was amazing.”

"To play five matches in seven at that tournament and to win a third-place medal is the stuff of dreams.” he added.

Aina missed the Super Eagles last friendly game with Selecao of Brazil at Kallang stadium in Singapore early October, but he’s set to named in 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers with Squirrels of Benin Republic and Lesotho coming up in November.

Nigeria international has made 10 appearances across all competitions to help Torino to 11th spot in the Serie A table but expected to feature when the Bull take on Cagliari in a league game on Sunday.