'He has that quality I want' - Eguavoen says he will call up Royal Antwerp midfielder in future
Published: March 15, 2022
'He has that quality I want' - Eguavoen says he will call up Royal Antwerp midfielder in future
Nigeria's caretaker coach Augustine Eguavoen has assured that he will hand a national team call-up to Royal Antwerp midfielder Alhassan Yusuf in the near future.

The 2019 Allsvenskan Newcomer of the Year is knocking on the Super Eagles door after his impressive start to life in Belgium with Royal Antwerp, for whom he has made appearances in the Europa League, Jupiler Pro League and Beker van Belgie.

In 30 outings across all competitions, Yusuf has directly participated in five goals, not bad for a player who is actually a defensive-minded midfielder.

Eguavoen's trusted associate based in Belgium brought back glowing reports about Yusuf after running the rule over the former IFK Goteborg wonderkid.

"We are closely looking at everyone and there's a player also in Antwerp. Belgium is my home as well," Eguavoen told Elegbete TV Sports.

"There's a midfielder in Antwerp, I've told people to help me check him out as well and get his contact, I only saw him on TV.

"I have to travel to Antwerp when the time is right. Because of the quality I said I'm looking for, one of my friends Mark, he's a Belgium citizen, has helped me check the boy out, so the boy has that quality that I said I want."

Yusuf has not been capped by Nigeria at any level but was on the radar of the Flying Eagles coaching staff before the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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