Getting called up to the national team is still the pinnacle of many players’ careers, and Super Eagles striker Terem Moffi has claimed that his mother went crazy the day he received his first call-up.
After scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including 14 in Ligue 1, and adding three assists in 36 games, Eagles coach Gernot Rohr gave Moffi his international debut in a 1-0 friendly loss to Cameroon in Austria last June.
In an interview with onzemondial, the 22-year-old center-forward said his mother went crazy after he informed her of his invitation.
He said, “When I received my first call, it was after the match against Bordeaux, I scored a hat-trick that day. I looked at my phone and it was inundated with messages.
“I told myself that it was related to my hat-trick and the different tags of people on the networks. After that, I scroll the messages on WhatsApp and I see a message from the coach (Gernot Rohr) saying, “Congratulations on your hat-trick, we would like to invite you to….
“I didn’t even reply to the message. I screened the message and sent it to my family group, my mom went totally crazy. It was something she had dreamed of all her life. It was completely crazy.”
Since then, the Lorient forward has made three appearances for the Eagles, although he has yet to score for his country.