Nigerian striker, Samuel Chukwueze, has lauded the Nigeria Young Player of the Year award he won on Tuesday as extra motivation for him as a young striker.
Chukwueze, fresh from playing a huge part in the 4-4 draw against La Liga league leaders, Barcelona on Tuesday, beat Galatasaray forward, Henry Onyekuru and on-loan Wolfsburg striker, Victor Osimhen, to the gong.
“It serves as a motivation to keep working hard for more success,” Chukwueze aaid in a chat with BBC Sport.
Speaking further, he said: “I’m very motivated and inspired by this, because it is unbelievable. Everything happening still seems like a dream.
“I have dreams of playing for my country in big tournaments and this shows that if I put more effort into my career, personal and team rewards will follow.
“This award is going to impact me positively to grow in the right pace so that I can keep having good performances.
“I thank the staff and my teammates at Villarreal, not forgetting everyone in Spain and Nigeria who have given me a chance to grow and play football.
The winger has been in impressive form this season for Villarreal with a good tally of seven goals in all competitions, including his well-taken strike in his latest outing against Barcelona.
“My focus is to keep helping my club, continue to work hard to represent my country hopefully at the Nations Cup in Egypt and the Olympics.”
Chukwueze who has made 19 league appearances this season will hope to play key part as Villarreal continue their relegation battle when they visit Real Betis on Sunday.