After qualifying for the final of the Africa Youth Championship, Flying Eagles of Nigeria player, Ramon Azeez says he believes the U20 side can go on to be world champions after first being Africa champions.
Question: How have you found the African Youth Championship so far?
Azeez: I’m satisfied with the tournament. We are doing well and I believe we will even do more.
But it was a bad day in the office in your group game against Cameroon.
That is football for you. A team would win, lose or draw. It is difficult to really say what happened to us that day.
As the new skipper of the team are you under more pressure for the Flying Eagles to succeed?
No, I’m not.
Against The Gambia in your final group game, you were tied at 0-0 by halftime, while Ghana were beating Cameroon 1-0 and at that point in time, Nigeria were losing out on qualification for the World Cup. Were you worried?
No, because a game is played over 90 minutes and not 45 minutes. I always believed that we would come back into the game, score goals and win the match.
You are not a prolific goal scorer and so how was it scoring with a superb free kick against The Gambia?
I was very delighted. I dedicated the goal to my mother because she’s the one who has taken good care of me and encouraged me in my career.
Are you not bothered about the poor state of the pitch at the Dobsonville Stadium, where this match will be played, because it may not allow your team to fully express themselves on the day?
I’m not worried because both teams will play on the same pitch. We have so far played two of our games there.
Which team here at the AYC have most impressed you thus far?
Cameroon. They are good team and really know what they want.
Are you therefore looking forward to clashing with them in the final to avenge your loss in the group phase?
What will be the Flying Eagles target at the World Cup from July in Colombia?
We want to win the trophy. It will be the best way to make up for not winning the Under-17 World Cup in Abuja two years ago