Emeka Eze is yet another of the talented youngsters that ply their trade in the Nigerian Premier League who have been given a chance by Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi to parade their skills on the global stage: The FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
The midfielder is grateful that Keshi has given him and several others the opportunity. "Keshi has brought something new to the national team, in that any player can play for the senior national team even if they are still playing in the domestic league. The important thing is the player’s hard work and consistency," he said after being called-up. Eze, who plays his club football for Enugu Rangers, was thrown in the deep end in Nigeria's 2-2 draw in an international friendly against Mexico and then was an unused substitute in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying win in Kenya.
Eze's path to the big league has been an unusual one, in that he spent three years playing in a five-a-side league for Enugu-based Inter FC before being snapped up by Rangers. The skillful youngster, who studied at university and whose father was a referee, has a maturity and confidence that belies his age. "I want to play as Emeka Eze and not as John Obi Mikel or Lionel Messi. I want to be myself and have my own identity. I want to make everybody proud," he said.