Daniel Jinadu has opened up on what he gained playing for Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup and how it has helped his career.
Jinadu was the first choice goalkeeper of the Golden Eaglets during the mundial in Brazil, he has declared that he got lessons that he could not trade for anything while training with the five time FIFA U-17 champions , he said it was very different from the one that which he got from Chelsea and West Ham United in the English Premier league.
In an interview with Bunmi Blair, Daniel said:
“My experience in the World Cup with Nigeria in Brazil was very, very good. I learnt a lot from the experience playing in front of large crowds,”
“The training style of Nigeria helped me in a different way because it’s different to what I’m used to, it made me stronger and more physically capable to be able to cope with the demands of the game.
“It was a very great experience in the Nigerian culture, stepping on that turf and playing in front of all those fans and all the Nigerians supporting us back home I really felt the love and being able to represent my country of birth was a big thing which I was so honoured to do.”
The Manu Garba led side had issues before the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in Brazil, the goalkeepers were not good enough. They were committing errors and conceeding goals anyhow at the U17 AFCON held in Tanzania where they leaked in 13 goals.
The West Ham United U-18 goalie having represented the young lions at the U 15 and U 16 levels was considered a good option to solve the goalkeeping crises as he got a late call up from the coaching staff.
DJ revealed that the defensive lapses which had been a cause for worry came for them during the World Cup in Brazil.
“What went wrong in the World Cup? Defensively we were not organized, we should have done much more better at the back and also more clinical going forward.
“I feel like we’ve done well to perform come backs against Ecuador and Hungary in the group stage. Our game against Netherlands could have been better, but due to defensive lapses we lost the game” he concluded.
Daniel Jinadu signed his first professional contract with West Ham and he has a targets to make his debut in the English Premier League.