Rotherham United star's delight at international debut

Chiedozie Ogbene was “over the moon” to make history when he made his Republic of Ireland debut on Tuesday.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th June 2021, 4:39 pm

The Rotherham winger came on as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Hungary in Budapest.

In doing so, he became the first player of African descent to represent Ireland, having been born in Nigeria but moving to Cork as a youngster.

Ogbene, who missed most of last season for the Millers with a serious knee injury, did not get much more than five minutes, but he relished every second.

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“I am over the moon. It is a very proud moment for myself, my family,” he said.

“I have always dreamed about making my international debut so I am so blessed that I did it with Ireland.

“These opportunities don’t come very often and after the season I had to get this opportunity is a great honour.

“It is a great achievement, I didn’t even know that was a thing because I have seen players from different backgrounds play for the Republic of Ireland

“It is something I am going to carry and cherish for the rest of my life. I want to inspire young kids and hope they take courage and hope he they can take the leap.”