Almeria and Nigeria striker Sadiq Mesbah Umar has revelled in his call up to represent Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next month.
The 24-year old was named alongside 27 other players in the 28-man squad called by Interim coach Austin Eguavoen to take on the continent come January in Cameroon.
The former Roma player expressed his delight at the call up which seemed unlikely as he wasn’t near the different squads that played the qualifiers under Rhor as he says it’s a ‘dream come true’ for him to don the Jersey of the Super Eagles of Nigeria:
“It’s a dream come true for me that finally, I will honour the invitation of the Super Eagles to serve my fatherland,” Umar said.
“Although I have played for the U23 in the Olympics but playing for the senior team, Super Eagles, is a special kind of pride. I’m grateful to God for this opportunity and everybody that believe in me. I hope to do my very best to make Nigeria proud.” he added.
The former Torino and Partizan man has netted 8 goals in 19 matches for the Rojiblancos in the ongoing Spanish Segunda B season and is among the league’s team of the season so far.
Sadiq Umar was born in Kaduna and had the opportunity of travelling abroad when he went with Football College Abuja to participate at the Kvarnerska Rivijera youth tournament in Croatia where he would go on to finish as the competition’s top scorer helping his team to become the champions.
His works were noticed by Spezia who signed him but he played in the youth setup and was the topscorer that season, he was loaned out to Lavagnese the following season and then Roma the next.
Roma signed him permanently in 2016 but he could not get a first team shirt. He was loaned out by the Italian side to several clubs such as Bologna, Torino, NAC Breda, Rangers, Perugia and Partizan Belgrade before signing a five-year contract Spanish Segunda side Almeria.
Umar was also part of the Nigeria dream team that won Bronze at Rio 2016 olympics.