Torino FC midfielder Joel Obi has expressed profound desire to earn a berth in the Super Eagles squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Obi, who failed to make the Nigeria’s final squad to the 2014 edition due to an injury setback he suffered few weeks to the global competition, is hopeful he gets the nod by Coach Gernot Rohr to make his team list to the impending Mundial.
The 26-year-old featured in the Eagles’ recent international friendlies against Poland and Serbia – after a four-year sojourn in the international wilderness – and he hopes he has done enough to convince the coach ahead the release of his provisional squad in May.
“This big tournament is the ultimate ambition of every professional footballer and I hope to work harder to fulfil that dream,” Obi told BBC Sport .
“I was heartbroken for missing the World Cup in Brazil, but I now have another big opportunity four years later.
“Coach [Gernot] Rohr has made it clear that everyone must earn their place in the team.
“That’s equally encouraging and challenging, so I’m looking forward to the competition for a spot.
“If I keep going, play well for Torino and do well for my country with every chance I get, I think there’s a big chance for me to go to the World Cup,” he concluded.
Obi has scored six goals in 24 league appearances for Torino this season.