Daniel Jinadu, former Chelsea starlet proclaimed that he was privileged to represent Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.
Jinadu was delighted to be first choice goalkeeper for the Golden Eaglets ahead of his counterparts, Joseph Oluwabusola and Sunday Stephen.
Jinadu’s call up was necessitated by the need for a strong goalkeeping force. The Nigeria U-17 coaches and companions in response to the sequential let-in of goals in the AFCON qualifiers made Jinadu their choice.
Speaking on his call-up to join the Nigeria U17s, Jinadu said on Instagram Live : “It was crazy, when I first saw my email, I was like I’m actually going to be on television.
Jinadu who was born in Nigeria seventeen years ago had played professionally for the English youth teams. He made his first appearance against Hungary U-17 in the World Cup.
Having lived in the Republic of Ireland over ten years before moving to England, the West Ham U18 goalkeeper can also choose to represent the Irish in future.
“That has been my dream since I was a child, having my name on the back of my jersey, I had not experienced that.
There was obviously going to be pressure all the time, Obviously the coaches told the players we need to feel free but we need to make sure we know what we are doing.
The spectators were nice, they were motivating, it was an exciting atmosphere”, Jinadu commented in an interview.
Since debuting against Arsenal on January 30, 2018, Jinadu has totaled nine appearances for West Ham in the U-18