Stephen Keshi: Sidney Sam will get his chance to play for the Super Eagles in March

The Germany-based player will get the chance next year to wow the Nigerian football public after switching his nationality

Coach Stephen Keshi has revealed that Bayer Leverkusen striker, Sidney Sam will get his chance to play in the Nigeria national team next year

"I've taken all the necessary steps to get Sidney Sam into the right frame of mind," Keshi told the BBC.

The 24-year old former German youth international needs to be cleared by Fifa to appear for Nigeria – a process which Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi had to undergo recently.

Coach Keshi is optimistic that his international clearance will have come through so that Sam can play the World Cup qualifier against Kenya in March 2013.

"I'm looking at the game against Kenya at home in March.

“It will be perfect to introduce him to our passionate fans on home soil - that's my desire.

"It's possible because the Nigerian Football Federation is also working hard to ensure he gets the needed clearance from Fifa.

"I know it might be a tough ask - considering our next game will be in June against the same opponent - so we remain optimistic.

"When you watch him play and see what he has to offer then you will understand why we want him to play for Nigeria.

"With that in mind, our immediate attention as a team shifts to the Nations Cup in South Africa," added Keshi.

The Super Eagles will travel to Faro, Portugal on December 27 for their final preparation towards the Africa Cup of Nations Cup which kicks off in South Africa on January 19. The Super Eagles’ first match is on January 21, when they face the Les Etalons of Burkina Faso.