Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas has revealed his excitement at his invitation to the Super Eagles camp ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and has promised to do his best.
Thomas who is getting his first invitation to the senior national team after his exploits in the junior national teams told Goal.com that this is the opportunity he has been waiting for.
"I am really excited that I have been considered worthy of an invitation to the Super Eagles at this period when preparation for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is going on very well," Thomas told Goal.com.
"What I have promised myself and Nigerians is that I will do my best. I know we have a lot of good goalkeepers in Nigeria and to be given a chance to show what I can do makes me so happy.
"I did well with Akwa United last season and I want to go the camp and believe in myself to do the best I can.
"I need to justify the call because it is not every time that a local based player gets to play among the big boys.
"And that is why I must sincerely commend Coach Stephen Keshi for the way he has been able to give the home based players a sense of belonging.
"It has never happened in such a long time that players plying their trade at home will not only get invitation to the Super Eagles but will actually start in some of the matches.
Thomas believes that Keshi's managerial decisions have helped curb the flight of Nigerian players abroad where many get stuck in poor pay and cannot return home.
"As a player based at home, I know it has reduced the rush to travel abroad to sign any how contracts in obscure leagues around the world.
"Now you don't have to entice the national team coaches by playing abroad before you are invited to the national teams.
"I am not saying that players don't travel again to seek their greener pastures abroad, but you will notice that players are now more careful with the clubs they sign for abroad because once you are a good player and you are based in Nigeria, you can still get recognised.
"I intend to do my best and allow God do the rest," Thomas revealed to Goal.com.