The players newly called up into the Eagles squad are excited about their inclusion and vow to give their beAfter getting their first invitation to play for the Super Eagles, Bassey Ezekiel, Tony Okpotu, Gomo Onduku and Brendan Ogbu have promised to justify their inclusion and ensure they impress the senior national team handlers so as to be retained for the Nations Cup qualifying tie with the Lone Star of Liberia.
Nigeria held Liberia to a 2-2 draw in the first leg on September 7 in Monrovia and with the second leg billed for Calabar on October 13, Eagles' head coach, Stephen Keshi invited 23 home-based players and 15 foreign based players to prosecute the tie.
On the list of those handed call ups include Ezekiel, Okpotu, Onduku and Ogbu who have all told Goal.com that they are happy with the honour.
They also vowed to be fired up and properly prepared for the camping exercise where they hope to convince the team selectors for permanent shirts in the team.
Ezekiel and Okpotu both ply their trade with Lobi Stars of Makurdi and were both instrumental to the club's renaissance of late including the third place finish in the league and runners-up spot in the 2012 Federation Cup after a close 2-1 loss to winners, Heartland of Owerri.
In a chat with Goal.com, Ezekiel said he was honoured to be invited while Okpotu on his part stressed that his inclusion showed his steady rise in the game while adding that he hopes to prove his mettle in camp.
"I am happy and joyful with the invitation but I still need to do my best to ensure that I remain in the long term plans of the Eagles' technical crew. It is my wish to make it that way," Ezekiel informed Goal.com.
"No one will be unhappy on hearing about his fatherland call,” said Okpotu to Goal.com.
“I am a squad member of the Flying Eagles and now I have been invited by the Super Eagles under a short spell in the league I am grateful to God for making that happen,” he added.
Onduku has been more of a silent achiever than the outspoken type. He was dropped by Coach John Obuh under uncertain circumstances few days to the commencement of the 2011 African Youth Championship (AYC) in South Africa but the youngster has shaken that off that disappointment.
He was in stellar performance for Sharks of Port Harcourt in the just ended season scoring nine league goals and adding five strikes in the Federation Cup games which purists believe accounted for his latest invitation.
In an interview with Goal.com shortly after the names were released, Onduku said he had wondered before now the rationale and criteria for the picking of players for national team assignments after he was being been overlooked consistently before now.
He explained he was not perturbed and was anxiously waiting for his time which has come adding that it is now in his hands to prove his worth in camp so as to get another look in.
Ogbu got the match winner in the final of the 2012 Federation Cup in Lagos which handed the trophy to Heartland for the second straight year running.