Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has described stepping into the shoes of former shot stopper Vincent Enyeama as a dream come true.
Uzoho got onto the scene following Carl Ikeme’s leukemia diagnoses.
Since his debut against Argentina in November 2017, Uzoho, 19, has featured for the West Africans in their recent games.
Speaking as Nigeria take on Croatia in their first match at the World Cup, Uzoho described Enyeama as his role model.
“It’s been like a dream and sometimes I just continue to thank God for everything and the coaches for the opportunity,” Uzoho told BBC Sport.
“My biggest hero for Nigeria remains Vincent and I always admire him.
“To think I was watching him at the last World Cup in Brazil, making that incredible save against Bosnia, to now getting a chance to follow in his footsteps is unbelievable.
“I have faced some tough players in La Liga and some friendly games, I believe I still have a lot to do in my career.
“We have a good squad and I am mentally prepared and ready.”