Recovering former Super Eagles goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim has said he would prefer cash reward for the 2018 CHAN Eagles as President Muhammadu Buhari gets set to receive the home-based Eagles on February 28.
The bulky goaltender picked a bone crack injury last season standing between the sticks for NPFL side Lobi Stars.
He has however resumed training.
Agbim was part of the Super Eagles who won the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa under coach Stephen Keshi.
In 2014, he helped the CHAN Eagles emerge third in Cape Town, South Africa, in that year’s Championship for African Nations, CHAN.
Agbim also made the Super Eagles squad to the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.
As President Buhari gets set to receive the Salisu Yusuf-led home-based Super Eagles who reached the final of this year’s edition of CHAN in Morocco, Agbim insisted there should be no talk about the ‘Presidential Handshake’ this time around.
“It is nice of the President to accord the team official reception for doing the country proud in Morocco”, Agbim told SCORENigeria
“The players did well by keeping our flag up at the championship and I hope it won’t be a case of ‘Presidential handshake’, he joked with a broad smile.
“You don’t play football all the days of your life. So, whatever you get now is what you fall back to after.
He added: “I’m happy for the players for their achievement, beating our third place performance in 2014.
“It shows Nigeria have abundant talents who can always stand to answer their names and defend their nation at any given time.”
Agbim, 33, is currently a free agent and has just resumed training after cracking his bone last season in the colours of Lobi Stars.
“I suffered the injury last season but thank God I’ve resumed training”, he said.
The bulky shot stopper has had spells at Enugu Rangers (2006-2009, 2013, 2015), Lobi Stars (2017/2017), Gombe United (2014), Warrior Wolves (2009-2012), NPA (2005) and Al Merreikh SC Sudan (2004).
By Sab Osuji