Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has described his international debut for the men’s senior national team as the completion of a “dream year.”
The 19-year-old’s skill and impressive left foot caught the eye after starting for the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s 0-0 friendly stalemate against Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, in Asaba.
Chukwueze is enjoying a breakthrough season, scoring in both the League and Spanish Cup despite only earning promotion to the first team from the reserves.
“Making my debut for Nigeria only completes a dream year in my professional life,” he told BBC Sport.
“I’ve played and scored for Villarreal this year, and I never expected to get a chance to get into the Super Eagles team, but everything is happening like a dream.
“Some people wait for several years to live a dream but I am grateful to Villarreal and Nigeria for making all my dreams happen in under a year.”
A FIFA under-17 World Cup winner with Nigeria in 2015, he has been likened to his hero and Bayern Munich’s former Netherlands international winger Arjen Robben.
Chukwueze joins a growing list of Nigeria’s U-17 World Cup winners who have progressed to the Super Eagles squad.