Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Okonkwo impresses Siasia in Owerri

Heartland defender, Chibuzor Okonkwo, put up a superb display in his side's 2-0 win over Bukola Babes in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) on Sunday to leave Super Eagles head coach, Samson Siasia impressed.

Siasia and his former Super Eagles' teammate, Victor Ikpeba, now a member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, were in the stands at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri to watch the game.

Okonkwo, who has featured frequently at right-back for the Super Eagles since Siasia took charge as head coach, put up a fine performance against Bukola Babes.

SuperSport.com was informed that Siasia was happy with the performance of the former Bayelsa United man.

"Chibuzor Okonkwo really impressed Siasia, who came to watch the game with Victor Ikpeba. And the Super Eagles coach didn't hide it when he clapped in appreciation for the goals scored by the player," an official of Heartland said.

On 12 minutes of the game, Okonkwo's effort from outside of the Babes' goal area following a short corner kick sailed into goal past Suraj Ayeleso.

The Super Eagles right-back, however, capped his superb outing in a rainy atmosphere with a free kick on 29 minutes.

Okonkwo said he is happy that his performance on the afternoon did not go unnoticed by the Nigerian selectors.

"I'm happy that I did well and we won. It was good to see the coach (Siasia) come and watch our match, and I thank God for the performance.

"The coach was also happy to see me do well," said the 22-year-old defender.

Okonkwo is one of two Heartland players named in the squad to face the Black Stars of Ghana in an international friendly in London on August 9.

Gege Soriola, a centre-back, is the other Heartland player in the team but did not dress in his club's 2-0 win against Bukola Babes on Sunday.

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