MAKE THE MOST OF NIGERIA CALL, CARL
WOLVES keeper Carl Ikeme said accepting a call up to the Nigeria squad was a no-brainer – and I totally agree.
Like Carl, I was born in England. But when Jamaica asked me to play for them in 1998, I jumped at the chance.
People always ask if it’s weird playing for a different country but I never saw it like that because I’d grown up in that culture. My grandparents, my parents, my aunties and uncles – they were all Jamaican. And nine times out of ten, your summer holiday was back to see the family in Jamaica.
Through that you become accustomed to the way of life. I quickly fitted into the culture, the language and banter.We were called the Reggae Boyz at the time and it was always blasting on the coach. But again, to me, it was just like going round my mum’s because she always had reggae playing.
Carl also has big family ties to Nigeria and I’m sure he’ll fit right in. Good luck to him – it’s a fantastic experience.