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Ahly striker Junior Ajayi grateful for first Nigeria call-up

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Mar 2018
Ahly forward Junior Ajayi (Photo: Ahram)
Ahly forward Junior Ajayi (Photo: Ahram)
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Ahly forward Junior Ajayi has expressed joy over his first call-up for the Nigerian seniors national team, thanking his club for the opportunity.

"I thank Nigeria and Ahly club. I will make you all proud of me," Ajayai was quoted as saying in Egyptian media.

The Super Eagles have officially called-up the 22-year-old player for a World Cup preparation camp in which they will face Poland and Serbia on 23 and 27 March in London.

"Ajayi has been allowed to travel to do his national duty after returning from Gabon," Ahly stated on their official website on Tuesday.

Ahly are playing C.F. Mounana of Gabon on Tuesday at home in the round of 32 of the African Champions League, with the away leg on 17 March.

Ajayi caught the attention of Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr after starring with Ahly, winning last season's Egyptian Premier League, Cup, Super Cup and second-placed African Champions League.

Since he joined the Cairo-based club in summer from Tunisian side CS Sfaxien on a four-year contract, Ajayi was capped 64 times with Ahly, scoring 20 goals.

Nigeria are in group D of the World Cup, which takes place in Russia in June, competing with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

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