Ahead of next month’s AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho, Turkey-based midfielder, Azubuike Okechukwu believes his time with the Super Eagles is near and will cherish a call up for the upcoming fixtures, AOIFootball.com reports.
With Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr set to name his squad for both games in the coming week, the Istanbul Basaksehir midfielder who has failed to catch his eye, however, remains optimistic that a call up to the national team remains his priority.
“For me, the motivation has always been to work hard, play regularly, and then get the National team look-in.
“Every player’s dream today is to represent his country and doing so at the Junior level and even in winning laurels will give one more motivation to do more and try and also do same with the senior team,” Azubuike said.
Despite his club’s struggles this season, the former Pyramid FC midfielder has been one of the standout performers for the reigning Turkish champions and is optimistic they can still overturn their fortunes before the end of the campaign.
With just a solitary senior cap to his name, the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist believes he has what it takes to fight for a shirt in the Eagles midfield and will cherish the opportunity of helping Nigeria reach yet another AFCON.
The 23-year-old has featured in 10 league games this campaign, starting 6 of those whilst also averaging 6.66 per game in the Turkish League.