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‘He Is A Wonderkid’ – Semi Ajayi Details How Chukwueze ‘Destroyed’ Super Eagles Team A In Training
West Brom central defender Semi Ajayi has revealed that Samuel Chukwueze made a good first impression on him in the days leading up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in November 2017.
Ajayi noted that the Villarreal winger easily went past the Super Eagles Team A, made up of players earmarked for a starting spot against Bafana Bafana, so much so that manager Gernot Rohr was forced to change his formation during the workout.
“We were playing 11 v 11, the coach has picked the first team that’s going to play, we were preparing for South Africa and he wanted us to play three at the back, normally we play four at the back.
“I’m on the B team, not in the starting lineup, and Samuel Chukwueze is in my team and he destroyed the whole first team on his own, just give him the ball, he kept destroying them to the point the coach changed his mind, that he doesn’t think it’s three at the back, it won’t work. “
What surprised Ajayi the most about Chukwueze was the fact that the winger was comfortable showcasing his dribbling attribute on a ‘terrible’ Stephen Keshi Stadium pitch in Asaba.
“Chukwueze got the ball at his feet, dribbling around people as it’s nothing, like he’s playing at Old Trafford.
“That day I said who is this kid? He has been in the squad ever since and doing well in La Liga as well.”
Chukwueze is living up to his wonderkid tag, with the Diamond Academy product nominated for the Golden Boy, Kopa Trophy and CAF Youth Player of the Year awards in 2019.
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