Sweden-based Nigerian defensive midfielder Dominic Chatto believes he can give compatriots — Mikel Obi and Yusuf Ayila — a run for their money in the Super Eagles if given an invite by coach Samson Siasia.
Chatto, who helped Swedish side BK Hacken, advance in the Europa Cup qualifying stage last week, said he can the break into the Eagles despite the array of stars in the defensive midfield position.
“I know there are lots of good players who play in my position in the national team but that does not mean I cannot prove myself. I think when a player is doing very well for his club, he deserves national recognition too,” Chatto, who was the 2008 Finnish Player of The Year, said.
“I am not saying I am the best for the position but I am doing my best and hope to give my all to help the national team,” he added.
The 26-year-old former Pepsi Academy player was called up for Nigeria’s U-23 squad for the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia three years ago by Siasia, who was then coach of the team, but didn’t get to play due to injury.
Again, he almost made the team to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games but was stopped by club duties but now, Chatto has vow to continue giving his best at club level till his dream of playing for Nigeria is realised.
“I won’t give up until I play for my country and I also want to ensure that I give my best at club level especially now that we are playing in the Europa Cup,” he said.
He added that Super Eagles forward Osaze Odemwingie, who was his teammate in Pepsi Academy, had been giving him the needed encouragement on what it takes to play in the national team.