July 7, 2022

Southampton’s Tella hints at representing Nigeria

By Brian Aheebwa
Southampton's winger Nathan Adewale Temitayo Tella | Courtesy Image

Pulling off a national team jersey is every player’s dream and Southampton’s winger Nathan Adewale Temitayo Tella wants to achieve that with Nigeria.

Tella is born in England to Nigerian parents and is still available if given a chance to play for the Super Eagles, given that he is yet to play in the English national team setting.

“I would love to play international football,” Tell a told HampshireLive as quoted by Soccernet.

“That has always been a dream of mine. If I went away with Nigeria, it would be something new and new experiences bring out the best in players.”

“Whatever happens in the future, I am just focussed on being here (Southampton) and, yes, trying to score goals and help the team win and progress.”

Having a teammate in Moussa Djenepo at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon representing his nation, Mali has attracted the 22 year old to keep following this year’s tournament.

That has also been joined by the fact that his motherland Nigeria is at the tourney so he is keeping locked on.

“I am always keeping an eye on AFCON. I am a Nigerian, so I always want to focus and watch the games.”

“Obviously, when I have any of my teammates (Moussa Djenepo, Mali) out there, I really want to know how they do.”

“I am happy he won on Wednesday, despite the ending, but it was good that he was able to win, and I wish him all the best,” Tella noted.

Tella has featured in nine league games for The Saints this campaign. During the course of his development, he also had a stint with the Arsenal academy.

His fatherland Nigeria beat Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s Egypt 1-0 in their AFCON opener courtesy of Leicester City’s forward Kelechi Iheanacho and they lead proceedings in Group D on three points.

The three time AFCON champions will be in action again on Saturday, January 15 against Sudan.

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