World Cup: Joel Obi Desperate

By Ikenga Chronicles April 17, 2018

World Cup: Joel Obi Desperate

Torino midfielder Joel Obi is bent on joining Nigeria’s plane to the World Cup this summer, as he vows to work hard to earn it.

The 26-year-old failed to make the last tournament in Brazil, but took a step closer to realising that ambition last month by playing in the Super Eagles’ last two friendlies.

Obi, currently on an injury-free run with Italian side Torino, has scored six goals in 24 appearances this season and is keen to continue that consistency run for his country.

“I’ve had a period when injury robbed me of playing for my country but with Russia in mind, it would just be unbelievable to finally be playing at a major tournament for Nigeria.

“This big tournament is the ultimate ambition of every professional footballer and I hope to work harder to fulfil that dream,” Obi, who made his return to the national team, last month after a four-year absence, told BBC Sport.

“I was heartbroken for missing the World Cup in Brazil, but I now have another big opportunity four years later.

“Coach [Gernot] Rohr has made it clear that everyone must earn their place in the team.

“That’s equally encouraging and challenging, so I’m looking forward to the competition for a spot.”

Regarded as one of Nigeria’s finest creative midfielders, Obi started his career at Italian giants Inter Milan, where he rose from the youth set-up to the first team in 2010.

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