Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is hopeful to eventually get him a call-up to the Super Eagles.
Posted: 15 January 2013 Time: 14:49
Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is hopeful that his good form for his club will eventually get him a call-up to the Super Eagles.
Thanks to his good form the 26-year-old has managed to cement his place in the Championship side.
The keeper was first included in the Nigeria provisional squad by former coach Bertie Vogts six-years ago, which also included Aston Villa's Gabby Agbonlahor and West Brom's Osaze Odemwingie. However, Ikeme failed to make the final cut.
Current Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi could give Ikeme a second chance as he needs a permanent successor to keeper Vincent Enyeama, who has been the number one choice for the past 11-years.
"A call-up by Nigeria is the next step really - that's the next level," Ikeme told The Voice website.
"If the call came I would be interested in it, obviously. The Nigeria thing came up a few years ago and so everyone has associated me with Nigeria, but I've not decided on anything.
"It's just a case of waiting and seeing how my career goes, really. I'll just see where I end up, but if Nigeria did call me, I'd seriously consider it. My dad's side of the family are all from Nigeria.
"It seems like a long way off for me at the minute. Obviously with football, you never know. Things can change in an instant," he added.
Nigeria are drawn in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and play their first match against Burkina Faso on January 21.