'Keshi, give me a chance to serve Nigeria' says Obinna Obiefule

One of the country’s exports to the Maltese league is pleading with the national team selectors to grant him the chance of fulfilling his dreams of representing his fatherland

The dream of every footballer is to represent his country on the international scene and to win laurels. This is the case with Hibernian FC forward, Polycarp Obinna Obiefule who has been making headlines in the Maltese league due to his goal scoring prowess. He has asked to be given a look in by Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi to prove his mettle, a chance that would seal his place in the senior national team.

Born to a family of ten, the 24 year-old striker who is the younger brother of former Super Eagles midfielder, Paul Obiefule, is not giving up in his dream of wearing the green and white jersey like his elder brother. He shared his ambition with Goal.com in an exclusive interview from his base in Malta.

Obinna how is life in Malta?

It has been really good and I give God the glory. I am happy over here playing for Hibernian FC and I have been doing well because my team is currently placed second in the Maltese league. Also, it has not been easy being the top scorer in the history of the Maltese Premier League because you need to give your best at all time to prove such feat is no fluke.

Eleven goals in eighteen league games

All thanks to God. It is a testimony of hard work which has not been easy. Anyway, my best is yet to come.

 So, have you any targets for this season?

My focus is to keep on scoring to emerge top scorer at the end of the season. Most importantly, playing well for my club comes first. Now that we have a good chance of playing in next season’s Champions League because we are second on the league table, we can't afford the chance to slip off. Playing in Uefa Champions League is every player's target and it will afford me the opportunity to showcase my ability to the world. But the truth is my dream is incomplete without playing for my country.

Don’t you see the league you play in a major challenge to this dream?

Not at all, God's time is the best. It doesn’t matter where I play, when it is my time to represent my country, it will never elude me. All I do is give my best at all times and leave the rest to God. Only God knows when the time is ripe for me. I have won many awards here in Malta and that is an indication that my time to put on the green and white jersey is getting near.

With the array of strikers in the Super Eagles, do you really have what it takes to make the national team?

Why not? With due credit to everyone, If given the chance to play, I will make a bold statement. I believe in myself and I will prefer doing the talking on the field of play. But believe me, if granted that golden opportunity, I will make good use of it.

Even at this blackout, was there any point in time you thought of dumping Nigeria?

(Smiles) Never. It never came to my thought for once. I believe my time will surely come. If my brother (Paul) could be given the chance to play several times for Nigeria, I believe my own chance will not pass me by. Paul has told me to be patient. In fact his advice has been my tonic.

Can you share any of these advice with us?

They are numerous. Let me tell you one fact, Paul is more than a brother to me. He is my role model. Paul means a lot to me because he never stops telling me never to give up. I feel blessed having him. His words give me lots of confidence that I will get my call in Nigeria when it's time and I believe him. My agent, Princewill Obiefule who is also my elder brother has also been a big influence in my life.

Any message to coach Stephen Keshi?

First, I will like to congratulate him on his success at the Nations Cup. He has really made us proud. My plea is for him to give me a chance to prove my worth and I can be a valuable asset to him.  

 And finally to your fans

I want to tell them I appreciate their support. They should keep praying for me so that I can continue to give them the best. I love them all and God will always answer their prayers and be with them also. To my fans here in Malta, I say thank you too.