The injury to Shehu Abdullahi in Nigeria’s first match against Burundi after just 20 minutes offered Chidozie Awaziem a rare opportunity to shine. The 22 year old currently playing in the Turkish top tier with Çaykur Rizespor on loan from FC Porto, naturally a right back was thrown into the deep end to hold forte at right back.
Abdullahi failed to recover in time and Awaziem has been called upon to continue in the role, and hasn’t put a foot wrong, playing in every game as Nigeria weaved through to the semi-finals of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.
And the defender has admitted he feels comfortable playing in the role.
“I don’t think it has been hard for me because as a player you have to be ready when called upon. I was happy to get some playing time. I am here to serve the nation and in whichever capacity or position the coach wants me to be in, I am ready,” Awaziem told Cafonline.com.