Ola Aina says Eagles debut vs Zambia was special because Nigeria qualified for the World Cup on the day

Ola Aina has told SCORENigeria his Eagles debut against Zambia at the weekend was even more special because it was on the day Nigeria secured qualification to next year’s World Cup.

Chelsea loanee Ola Aina was a 79th minute replacement for the injured Elderson Echiejile as Nigeria pipped Zambia to reach a sixth World Cup finals on Saturday.

The defender, who changed his international allegiance from England to Nigeria, was earlier expected to debut for the Super Eagles in September against Cameroon in Yaounde.

“I am very happy, overwhelmed to make my debut for Nigeria,” revealed the defender, who is on a season-long loan at English Championship side Hull City.

“This debut was even sweeter because it was on the day that we qualified for the World Cup.”

Gernot Rohr praised Ola Aina on his debut.

“We have confidence in this young player,” he remarked.

“He did very well when he came in, he’s quick, he can go forward, he is good with the head and has a good tackle.

“He was schooled by Chelsea so it’s understandable why he’s a good player.

“It’s very interesting for us going forward to have young, qualify fullbacks like Ola Aina.”

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