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Maduka Okoye, the goalkeeper for both the Super Eagles and Udinese, has renewed his determination to claim Nigeria’s top goalkeeping spot and lead the team to the World Cup. Despite a disappointing exit from the AFCON 2021 tournament, Okoye is resolute in redeeming himself and leaving a lasting mark on Nigerian football.

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In an interview with Oma Akatugba, Okoye expressed his commitment to giving his all for his country, stating, “I aspire to be the one who carries Nigeria to the World Cup and brings trophies home.” Acknowledging past errors, including a critical mistake at AFCON 2021, Okoye is motivated to prove himself and make up for lost opportunities.

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Okoye’s determination is commendable, bolstered by recent successes with Udinese in Serie A. Despite interest from top Italian clubs such as Inter Milan and Torino, Okoye remains focused on securing Nigeria’s goalkeeper position and leading the team to success.

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As Nigeria prepares for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Benin Republic and South Africa, Okoye aims to showcase his capabilities once more. His inclusion in Finidi George’s 23-man squad underscores his dedication and hard work, aiming to make a significant impact in upcoming matches.

Reflecting on his aspirations, Okoye stated, “People support Manuel Neuer even after mistakes because of his contributions to Bayern and Germany. I haven’t yet delivered my best performances for the national team, but I pray for the chance to do so.” This statement highlights his ambition to emulate football greats and become a hero for Nigeria.