Torino star Joel Obi has vowed to make the Super Eagles team to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia after injury ruled him out of the 2014 edition.
Joel, 26, was on show for the three-time African champions in last months’ friendly games with Poland and Serbia.
Although the midfielder has been hit with injuries for a greater part of his career, Joel hopes the injury-free season he has enjoyed thus far, will be sustained as the World Cup draws closer.
“This big tournament is the ultimate ambition of every professional footballer and I hope to work harder to fulfil that dream,” he told BBC Sport.
“I was heartbroken for missing the World Cup in Brazil, but I now have another big opportunity four years later.
“Coach (Gernot) Rohr has made it clear that everyone must earn their place in the team.
“That’s equally encouraging and challenging, so I’m looking forward to the competition for a spot.
“I’ve had a period when injury robbed me of playing for my country but with Russia in mind, it would just be unbelievable to finally be playing at a major tournament for Nigeria.”
He has played 18 times for the Super Eagles since debuting in 2011.