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during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers Nigeria Training on Sep,1st,2015 at National Stadium,Abuja © Kabiru Abubakar/Backpagepix

 

 

Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, Carl Onora Ikeme has declared his desire to feature for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations billed to be staged in Cameroon, AOIFootball.com can report.

Ikeme and the Super Eagles missed out when they failed to qualify for the last edition hosted in Gabon, the team finished behind Egypt in a group that had Tanzania and Chad, the latter later pulled out to complicate and rule out Nigeria’s chances of being in the competition after also failing to qualify for the 2015 edition of the biennial tournament.

Nigeria has however started the qualification path to Cameroon on a rather shaky note with the Gernor Rohr tutored side falling like a pack of cards to South Africa, 0-2 at the Nest of Champions, in Uyo. The loss was the first the Eagles suffered against the Bafana Bafana in any competitive game and in 25 years.

Ikeme in training with the Eagles
Ikeme in training with the Eagles

But, Ikeme, 31, says he wants to be at the 2019 edition while stating that he is confident the team will eventually qualify for the tourney.

“Of course! It’s a massive competition. We didn’t qualify for the last one, so our focus would be on that. It will require hard work and staying together as a group. We are confident that we will still qualify,” Ikeme told thenff.com.

The 2019 Afcon qualification will however resume next year with the Eagles still to battle Seychelles and Libya who are the remaining group opponents.

The goalie has been missing in action for the Eagles in key games against Algeria, Senegal and recently against South Africa, he has however promised to return to action in about a week’s time.

But, Ikeme, 31, says he wants to be at the 2019 edition while stating that he is confident the team will eventually qualify for the tourney.

” Of course! It’s a massive competition. We didn’t qualify for the last one, so our focus would be on that. It will require hard work and staying together as a group. We are confident that we will still qualify,” Ikeme told thenff.com.

The 2019 Afcon qualification series resumes next year with the Eagles still to battle Seychelles and Libya, other group opponents.

The goalie has been missing in action for the Eagles in key games against Algeria, Senegal and recently against South Africa, he has however promised to return to action in about a week’s time.

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