Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated Bendel Insurance goalkeeper Amas Obasogie, who recieved his debut call-up to the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
Obasogie was not initially named the 23-man roster of players that Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro invited for the November qualifier but was, however, handed his first national team call-up following the withdrawal of Udinese goalie Maduka Okoye.
He becomes the first Bendel Insurance player to be called for national team duties since the turn of the millennium.
In a statement made available to the press, Governor Obaseki was delighted with Obasogie’s invitation, stating,
Recognizing Obasogie’s outstanding qualities, the governor highlighted his agility, resilience, and exceptional command in the air.
Obasogie stands out as one of the top shot-stoppers in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), boasting an impressive record of six clean sheets in seven matches this season. His remarkable performance contributed to Bendel Insurance’s remarkable 26-game unbeaten streak last season.
Governor Obaseki praised Obasogie’s consistency, noting,
“He has continued to give an excellent account of himself, showcasing his prowess, exceptional talent, and the indomitable Edo spirit, putting the State on the global map for good.”
Expressing pride in the goalkeeper’s accomplishments, Obaseki concluded by saying,
“We are proud of his accomplishments and genius and wish him success in this new and exciting chapter of his football career.
“We are confident that he will continue to shine and bring more laurels and glory to the State and Nigeria.”
Obasogie will join Omonia Nicosia’s Francis Uzoho and Enyimba’s Olorunleke Ojo to vie for a starting role in the Super Eagles squad to face Lesotho.
While Uzoho will likely get the nod as Peseiro’s preferred choice, the former Golden Eaglets star is far from cementing his position as Nigeria’s undisputed number-one goalkeeper.