Super Eagles and Hapoel Be’er Sheva striker, Anthony Nwakaeme has said he is happy to be back on the pitch after an injury layoff which ruled him out of Nigeria’s last outing against Poland and Serbia.

The six-foot striker, who spoke to exclusively from his base in Israel where his side is preparing for their second match of the championship playoffs, remains committed to getting back to full fitness for the Israeli league champions.

“I’m happy to be back. I have started training already ahead of our game on Wednesday. Hopefully, I will get some minutes in the match, though I’m not fully fit yet. I am happy to be back on the grass,” Nwakaeme said.

The former Hapoel Rennan striker said he is hopeful of his chance of making the Eagles’ provisional list for the world cup, saying that the coach will give every player an equal chance to fight for a shirt.

“I think everybody has an equal chance to be at the world cup because every player’s dream is to be there, which includes me. I definitely want to play at the world cup, if given the opportunity. If it happens, I will give God the glory but if not, I will just support the rest of the players and the entire team in Russia.

“I believe the chance is open to everyone and the coach will decide who he wants at the world cup or not. So I just want to wish everybody well including myself,” Nwakaeme concluded.

Nwakaeme made his debut for the Super Eagles in last year’s dead rubber qualifier against Algeria and will be looking forward to the next games against Congo and England.