Former Nigeria international Abbey Peterson George said he’s proud of his achievements with the Super Eagles and grateful for the opportunity to represent the country.
Born in Port Harcourt to a Nigerian father and a Welsh mother, Abbey started his career with Michelin before moving to Sharks of Port Harcourt (now Rivers United) in 1997.
Abbey later moved to England to play for Macclesfield Town where he spent four years, however, Abbey’s career took a dramatic turnaround when he was invited into the Super Eagles in 2013 and had the opportunity to play along with his childhood friend Joseph Yobo.
Contrary to reports that his invitation into the team was facilitated by Yobo, Abbey told www.brila.net that it was a Nigerian agent who contacted him about the possibility of playing for Nigeria.
“A Nigerian agent who got in touch with me, but I’m sure they would have asked Joe for his opinion because he was an established player in the national team and am sure he would have given good words about me.”
“I’m glad when I came to the team, I didn’t let anyone down, I did not let Joe down, I didn’t let myself down and I’m proud of my efforts with the national team,” he told www.brila.net.
Abbey added that having Joseph Yobo in the Super Eagles set up really helped him settle quickly and made the right-back position his own.
“Having Joseph Yobo there was a blessing, it’s like when you go into a foreign team and it always help when get someone you play with before or someone who speaks your language. Having Joe helped me relax and enjoy the situation,” he said.
Abbey made 15 appearances for Nigeria and didn’t score a goal, he was also part of the Super Eagles squad that won a bronze medal at the 2004 African cup of Nations in Tunisia.
He played for Macclesfield Town, Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, and Cyprus to side Akritas Chlorakas before he retired.
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