Nigeria star Samuel Chukwueze, who put in a Man of the Match performance against Bafana Bafana, revealed his delight at scoring his first goal for the Super Eagles in their 2-1 quarter-final victory at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
Chukwueze, 20, was arguably Nigeria's most exciting attacking outlet at the Cairo International Stadium as the Villarreal wonderkid constantly tormented Bafana defenders Sifiso Hlanti and Thamsanqa Mkhize.
After netting the opener in only his seventh start for the Super Eagles in the victory over Stuart Baxter's side, Chukwueze revealed his delight at helping his side reach the semi-finals of the competition.
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"I feel so happy to be named as Man of the Match because it has not been easy for me and the team. I have been working so hard," Chukwueze said in post-match comments, as per completesports.com
"We pushed very hard to win the game because it wasn't easy, but we thank God we won.
"This is my first international outing with the Super Eagles, as well as my first senior goal.
"It is a dream come true for me. This makes me feel so happy, and don't know how to express it."
Chukwueze was handed a starting berth against Baxter's men, having been introduced as a second-half substitute in Nigeria's 3-2 victory over Cameroon in the previous round.
When quizzed about his role in the team, the Spain-based winger replied: "It depends on what the coach wants and how he wants to play. Besides, all players are equal.
"It was my turn today to start and I had to do my job. It may be the turn of another person to start the next game."
The result extended Nigeria's excellent Afcon record, with Gernot Rohr's side having reached the semi-finals for the 15th time in their 18th appearance at the tournament.
The Super Eagles will take on with the winner of the quarter-final tie between Ivory Coast and Algeria in their semi-final.