Former Dream Team IV invitee, Dennis Davies, is relishing the prospects of receiving a call-up to the national team. The Abia-born attacking midfielder who scored 15 goals from his attacking midfield role in Sudan, reveals to Sportlens360 why he did not make matchday squad in the U23.
Sportlens360 caught with him in Aba where he is spending his holiday and we had a quick chat with him.
Sportlens360: May we know the clubs you have played for.
Dennis: I have played for FC Barshona in Ghana, Tema FC, FC Royal and JSO in Benin Republic, Al Itihad Madani and Merghani Kasalla in Sudan and Supreme FC in Oman.
Sportlens360: Your playing position.
Dennis: I am an attacking midfielder and I can also play as a second striker.
Sportlens360: What is your goal scoring record as an attacking midfielder?
Dennis: I scored 15 goals from my attacking midfield role when I played in Sudan, and I scored 6 goals when I moved to Oman in mid-season.
Sportlens360: That is very impressive. What was your experience in the national team?
Dennis: In 2014, I received an invitation to play for the Dream Team. My club granted me permission to honour the invitation, I sold some of my stuff to be able to make it to camp, when I arrived Nigeria, I met the team at the airport. I was told to pay £7,500 before I will be allowed to join the team in camp. I did not have such amount then, I told them to exercise patience that would go home to the east and raise the money, unfortunately, I could not return to camp with them.
Sportlens360: That is shocking!
Dennis: I felt bad because I wanted to play for my country; I was in the form of my life then.
Sportlens360: Have you ever been injured in your career?
Dennis: Sure. It was few years ago. The injury took me two to three months out of the game; I could not even kick a ball. I felt bad.
Sportlens360: Your contract has expired right?
Dennis: ( smiles) Yes, I am a free player for now.
Sportlens360: What is the difference between our league and other leagues abroad?
Dennis: Foreign clubs are well organized and managed, they do not owe players; they are well equipped even in infrastructure.
Sportlens360: How can we improve our league?
Dennis: We can improve our league by making sure that the right administrators run our football, we should stop bribery and select players in merit.
Sportlens360: Do you still want to play for the national team?
Dennis: As always! I want another chance with the national team, I will play out my heart and do what I know how to do best – scoring goals and creating chances as a midfielder.
Sportlens360: Thank you for sharing your time with us.
Dennis: You are welcome