Obinna not giving up on Nigeria

The well-travelled Nigerian, who has turned out for clubs in Italy, Germany, England and Russia, made his Super Eagles debut in 2006, and has since notched up 46 caps for his nation, scoring 11 goals.

However, the forward’s last appearance for Nigeria came in a goalless international friendly against Mexico in March 2014. And although his main focus is now on his club career in the Mother City, he has not fully closed the door on a possible national team return.

“It wouldn’t be a bad idea,” he said. “But on a personal front, I think I’ve done everything I could do for my country. Obviously, yes, it depends on my performances as well, and if I get an opportunity from now until the end of the season to go back and play for my country, it’s a plus. But my priority is totally focused on Cape Town City, to be able to achieve the objectives the team has set for itself.”

Nigeria have already booked their place at Russia 2018 with a game to spare, with Daniel Akpeyi the only regular PSL player in the current Nigerian squad.

Yet Obinna feels the South African league is strong enough to warrant attention from the national team selectors, who he hopes will once again look his way soon.

“The league here is not bad,” he says. “We have two or three players from the league here that are currently playing with the national team. And hopefully, if I get a chance [with Nigeria], it’ll be a big plus for me.”

Obinna is currently nursing a hamstring injury picked up in his side’s 1-0 Absa Premiership victory over Free State Stars at the start of the month.