Daily Trust (Abuja)

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".

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