Sunshine Stars' Solomon Kwambe has described his stay with the Super Eagles in Faro, Portugal before being dropped from the squad to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as an amazing experience which will linger in his memory for some time.
The defender who had his debut for the Eagles against Venezuela in Florida, USA did not make the final list to the AFCON but said he felt fulfilled because he really benefitted from the several weeks he was in the national team camp.
Kwambe told Trustsports that he would have been happy to be in South Africa but since it did not come to pass, he must move on with life.
He said arriving at the final list was a very difficult task for coach Keshi because every player deserved to be taken to the Nations Cup.
Kwambe, a former player of Plateau United, therefore said although he missed the opportunity to play for Nigeria in South Africa, he will work harder to be part of the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"There is no feeling of total disappointment. Instead I will say my experience in the national camp was rewarding and amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience while it lasted.
"Naturally I felt sad that I was not among the 23 players but everybody knows that it was not possible for the coach to take all the players to South Africa.
"What I have to do now is to keep working hard so that I will be part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup team. I have gained a lot of experience now and I am going to put to good use everything I have learnt", he said.