Lagos — As the Super Eagles get set to hit Faro, Portugal camp tomorrow to continue their preparation for the African Cup of Nations in South Africa, one of the invited players, Celtic of Scotland star, Rabiu Ibrahim has declared that he is battle ready to fight for a place in the final list for the Nations Cup.
Super Eagles' Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi last week released a 32-man squad for camping ahead of the Nations Cup. The list contained 14 home based players and 18 professionals. He will however prune the list to 23 players that will represent Nigeria at the African championship.
Speaking on a Lagos Radio's live interview from his based in Scotland yesterday, Ibrahim, who had played for Sporting Clube de Portugal, said that the call-up was a God-given chance for him to serve his fatherland, adding that he would try his possible best not to disappoint the confidence Keshi reposed in him.
According to the attacking midfielder, "I've been waiting for the opportunity to showcase my talent in the Super Eagles at the big stage like the Nations Cup and I think this is a great chance which I should not let it slip.
"My target now is to fight for a place in the final 23-man list which I believe that I will do while in camp. I want to say that the dream of every player is to dorn the colours of his country's national team, and for me to be called up out of many talents in the country, it means that I have something the coach saw in me.
"I'm going to the camp to prove myself and by the grace of God I will make the final list", he declared.
On the chances of the Eagles at the Nations Cup, Ibrahim, a member of the 2007 FIFA
U-17 World Cup winning Golden Eaglets, said that he has confidence in the players invited by Keshi as they have what it takes to perform very well in South Africa.
"Nigeria has good players and sound technical team to make it at the Nations Cup. I think the coach knows what he wants and how to get the desired result in the championship," said Ibrahim, who at aged 16 was included in the senior team squad by German coach Berti Vogts for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.