Retried Nigerian defender Sam Sodje has revealed that he’d make sure his nephew Tai Sodje become a Super Eagle in the coming years.
The former Super Eagles center half says he has his way of convincing his nephew and godson, Tai Sodje to commit his international future to Nigeria over England.
Tai hasn’t played for the English age grade teams yet but it’s only a matter of time before he gets a call up to either the U19s or the U21s due to his prolificacy in front of goal.
He plays for Manchester City’s U18 side and he’s the team’s top goalscorer with 17 goals in 16 matches and also the highest goalscorer in this season’s U18 Premier League.
No doubt Nigeria may not see him play for their age grade teams due him having friends in the English youth teams and him being possibly invited to one of the age grade teams, but Sam Sodje believes the Sheffield born youngster will represent his ancestral home.
“Tai’s mom is English, his dad is Nigerian, he’s got uncles who played for Nigeria,” Sam Sodje said to allnigeriasoccer.com.
“It’s different for Tai, he has never been to Nigeria while I grew up in Nigeria even though I was born in London, I kind of knew I was going to play for Nigeria.
“When it comes to Tai, all Tai talks about is he has been brought up in England, but he’s got uncles and his dad is Nigerian so he’s got a big part of him that he’s Nigerian.
“He’s my godson, I speak to him every time and I have told him how special it is for him to play for Nigeria and I ‘m sure he loves to play for Nigeria.
“All I want to do is sometime bring him to Nigeria, visit Nigeria, visit the national team and see how passionate the fans are and I’m sure he’ll buy into it.
“He’s fully Nigerian but mom is English so he has a chance to play for England but my own view Nigeria is going to be his destination, hopefully.”
The Sodje family is a brand in the Super Eagles as we’ve had the Sodje brothers earn caps for the national team. Sam Sodje’s brother, Efe was a member of the Super Eagles squad to the 2002 World Cup and started games against Argentina and England.