For praying fervently for him to recover in time for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Super Eagles and Kano Pillars midfielder, Reuben Gabriel has said he wants to use the championship to appreciate his teeming fans.
For over three months, the tall and combative midfielder had battled a nagging injury but the medics of the Eagles have confirmed him fit for action and he has since resumed training with the team in Abuja.
Speaking to Trustsports yesterday, the player said he thanked God for his fitness level and said he is looking forward to playing a key role in Eagles campaign at the 2013 Nations Cup.
He said he lacked words to express his appreciation to his teeming fans who stood by him throughout the duration of the injury.
Reuben said now that he is back fully, he is happy and would continue to work hard in order to make the team to South Africa as he said it is only then that he would use his performance to say a big thank you to all his fans.
"I want to thank God for healing me. I am now as fit as a fiddle. I am happy and enjoying my training and looking forward to the Nations Cup in South Africa.
"I hope to be among the players who would travel to Faro and get to play in South Africa. I want to use that opportunity to thank my fans for standing by me when I was down. Nigerians love me so much and they deserve the best from me.
"I will use the 2013 Nations Cup to say a big thank you to them. I know it is not going to be easy but I will do my best. You know every player here wants a piece of the action and is ready to die to make the team".
Reuben however said if in the end he cannot make the team to South Africa, he would take everything in good fate knowing full well that God's time is the best.
"I won't feel bad even if I am not going to be in South Africa. There is always another time and God's time is the best. If I can't make it, it means it is not yet my time", he said.