Villareal forward, Ikechukwu Uche, has expressed excitement at being reconsidered by Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa in November. The 30-year-old striker’s last appearance was in the final of last year’s AFCON final in South Africa when Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso to be crowned African champions.
Uche started that game but only played for 53 minutes before he was replaced by CSKA Moscow attacking winger, Ahmed Musa, but he has now stated that he is “happy to be among those selected” to face Congo and South Africa after nearly 20 months of being ostracised from the national team following a spat with Keshi.
“(I am) Happy to be among those selected to play CONGO and S.A (South Africa) God bless Nigeria @NGSuperEagles #qualifiers #AFCON2015,” stated the former Getafe man via Twitter.
The striker returns to international football with Nigeria’s Super Eagles at a time the team are struggling to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup following a poor start to the qualification which has left them in third place in Group A behind leaders, South Africa and second-placed Congo.
Uche has netted 18 goals in more than 40 international matches for the Super Eagles.