Fanendo Adi: I Will not fly 32 hours Again for Nigeria and not Play

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Fanendo Adi (R) beats John Alvbage to score as the Portland Timbers beat Minnesota


Two time Super Eagles invitee, and MLS star Fenando Adi, sat down with Kwese ESPN and revealed that he will need to be guaranteed a spot in the matchday squad if he were to honor another call up to the Nigerian senior national team.

When asked how it felt like to represent Nigeria, the Portland Timber forward admitted it was a always a good thing to be invited to represent the country. However, he expressed his disappointment of not making the match day squad twice.

“If they invite me, I’m just gonna ask the coach, ‘Am I gonna be in the 19 man (list)?”

“The bad thing is to fly all the way from America, 32 hours to go there and back and not even be on the bench or on the 18/19 (list). It’s not a good moment or not a good thing, so for me that was very disappointing. I knew I could contribute but you just have to respect the coaches and do what they want to do, go with the flow. But also it looks bad that I flew all the way for 32 hours without being in the 19-man list. It was a sweet and sour moment.”, he spoke frankly.

When asked if he will honor a future call up, he made it clear. In his words, “If they invite me, I’m just gonna ask the coach, ‘Am I gonna be in the 19 man (list)?”

On what he brings to the table for the Super Eagles, the player said he would do what he is known for. “I would try to help the team with my physical play, with my ball control, keeping the ball up for the players. And scoring goals for the team, helping the team create and as well score goals”, he added.

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The Timbers all-time highest goal scorer will hope to help his club cement a spot in the play-offs as the MLS season hits top gear this weekend. Portland Timbers are currently 5th in the Western Conference division. Adi has scored 10 goals and made 2 assists so far this season. He is placed 12th in the top goal scorers log.


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