22 December 2012

Nigeria: My Eyes On AFCON 2013 Shirt - Okpotu

Lobi Stars and Super Eagles striker, Anthony Okpotu has said his major concern at the moment is how to pick one of the shirts to represent Nigeria at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The speedy forward who is among the 23 NPL stars sweating it out in the Eagles camp in Abuja preparatory to the biennial championship beginning in January 2013 told Shot! that he is doing everything possible to earn a shirt in the team.

Okpotu said as expected the training they have received since they resumed camp has been different from what obtained in the past as he said the coaches led by the chief coach, Stephen Keshi have stepped the training programme.

He said the emphasis this time is on fitness and tactical formations and the drillings are gradually making the business of representing the country a very difficult one.

Okpotu however said as the saying goes, when the going gets tough, only the tough keep going so he hopes to be among the tough who would preserve to the end.

"Well it is not easy but at the moment, my eyes are on the 2013 AFCON shirt. I want to be among those players who would represent this country at the Nations Cup in South Africa.

"I am working hard and I believe by God's grace, I will realise my ambition of playing my first nations cup for the Super Eagles. For me this is the most important thing. I do not want anything to distract me".

Copyright © 2012 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.