World Cup Watch: Uzoenyi primed to take up the gauntlet

Rangers International FC winger, Ejike Uzoenyi, has exclusively told that he is ready for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil but revealed he is filled with sympathy that his chance is coming at the expense of injured defender, Elderson Echiejile.

Uzoenyi, who spoke to before his departure to the Samba Land on Tuesday, extended solidarity to Echiejile over his injury which ironically has presented  him (Uzoenyi) a second chance to team up with the Super Eagles for the Mundial.

The former Enyimba player then turned his attention to the task ahead at the Mundial and said he is only focused on team ethos rather than winning personal glory.

"I really feel sad that Elderson will not be part of the team to the World Cup because he is a very important member of the squad. I truly feel sad for him. At the same time on a personal note for me, it is good to be back in the team and it offers me another chance to impress the coaches and my country.

"I don't want to dwell on what happened before but I want to work hard and help the team go as far as possible. It is the World Cup and anything can happen. I'm only concerned with us doing well and making our fans and country proud," Uzoenyi, who emerged the MVP at the CHAN in South Africa earlier this year, said.

The Super Eagles will play their first match against Iran on June 16 before facing Bosnia and Herzegovina five days later.

On June 25, the Super Eagles will play their last Group F match against former world champions, Argentina.

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