Manchester city Under 23 player, Tai Sodje, who has a Nigerian father and an English mother in an interview with punchng has annouced he will play for Nigeria football team if tthey ask him before England does.
The 18-year-old and nephew to Nigeria football legends, Sam and Efe Sodje, when asked if he would prefer to play for England or Nigeria said “I think on that one, we’ll just have to see whatever the future holds and whoever comes first. “
Tai Sodje reiterated the efforts of his uncles uncles on his footballing career “My uncles have both helped me, telling me different ways I can get better, different things to improve and then how to improve them. They’ve all been a massive help within my career so far.” He also said his father who was a rugby professional gave him the freewill to choose a sport of his choice “He just wanted me to do whatever would make me happy and as I said, when I was younger, I tried playing both sports and I preferred playing football, that’s what I enjoyed playing the most.”
However, it seems there’s hope for Nigeria in securing his services as he had reportedly turned down invitations from England Youth team “At the moment, I’m just focusing on club football, trying to get into the first team. We’ll just have to see what happens in the future.” – Sodje told punchng
The promising striker whose season has been dented by injuries talked about his outgoing season and how successful it has been “The season started off very good. I actually played in quite a few games, scored some goals, was winning games but then, obviously I got injured. And I’ve been injured for the past five-and-a-half months. So, I’ll say there wasn’t any amazing thing after I’ve come back but I’m fit now, which is good. Being in the U-23s is very good. We’ve got a very good group of players and also we’ve won the league back to back now, so, it’s a very good experience, I really enjoy it.”
Sodje whose favourite Manchester City player is Gabriel Jesus “I just like the way he plays. I think he’s a top striker and winger.” hopes to break into the City first team squad soon “Hopefully, I’ll be there as soon as I can. It all depends on everything really because that team is probably the best team right now. So, I’ve just got to keep working and keep doing what I can do.”
The Man City under 23 who scored a hattrick to give City the win against Liverpool Under 23 sides expressed his feeling on the UCL exit “I was [heartbroken], because obviously it’s one thing the team has been longing to win, so it was tough to see them lose, it was tough.”