Super Eagles and Hapoel Be’er Sheva striker, Anthony Nwakaeme, has vowed to take his chances in the national team whenever he is given the chance to prove himself by Gernot Rohr.
Nwakaeme, who spoke exclusively to AOIFootball.com from his base in Israel, also expressed his readiness to start for the Super Eagles whenever he is called upon.
“In football, everybody wants to start and everyone wants to play, but as a football player, you need to understand that the squad is large and some players will have to do with a role on the bench.
“I just want to do my best in the national team and continue doing what I know how to do best, which is playing football and scoring goals because this was what brought me to the national team.
“So, if the coach decides to give me a chance I am going to grab it and make good use of it,” Nwakaeme said.
The two-time Israeli Premier League winner also expressed his delight in getting his first goal of the season, while attributing his early season struggles to Be’er Sheva’s Champions League exit in the hands of Maribor.
“For me, it’s always good to score my first goal of the season, although it came a bit late this time. What I noticed though, is that when we lost the chance of going to the Champions League, our morale dropped a little bit. I was really sad because I believed we deserved a chance to play in the Champions League.
“The manager and my brother had to speak to me to pick myself up because in life if you don’t get it today, you can get it tomorrow. So, for me I will continue to do my best and bang in the goals,” Nwakaeme added.
The striker also praised the NFF for organizing a top notch friendly for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
“When I saw the news of the friendly, I was excited because these are the kind of games that can help build our confidence and strength ahead of the World Cup next year,” Nwakaeme concluded.
Anthony Nwakaeme is yet to feature for the Super Eagles despite being on the bench in their last three matches.