Fulham’s Dickson Etuhu Happy To Be Back In Nigeria AFCON Squad

The midfielder says there’s work to be done as Nigeria aim for glory in Angola.

Nigeria midfielder Dickson Etuhu has expressed his delight at returning to the Nigeria squad which will play in the African Nations Cup this month. The Fulham midfielder got a recall from coach Shuaibu Amodu recently after having been frozen out of the team since the departure of former German handler Berti Vogts.

“I am very happy to be here with the Super Eagles for the 2010 African Cup of Nations," Etuhu told Complete Sports on his arrival in Durban, where the team is camping ahead of the tournament.

“I am looking forward to the Nations Cup with excitement. I cannot wait for it to start because I believe we are going to do well, to show Nigerians how good we are and how much better we can be.

“When I arrived at the team’s camp, I was well received. Everybody welcomed me. That alone lifted my spirit more, and, honestly speaking, I was very happy."

Etuhu will have a lot of competition from Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Dynamo’s Yusuf Ayila for a starting role in the Super Eagles’ midfield.

“I am looking forward to getting a starting team shirt. I am working really hard for that, to fight for my place in the team,” he said. Etuhu last played for Nigeria at the Nations Cup in Ghana in 2008.

Lolade Adewuyi, Goal.com