DRIVEN: Ameobi (left)
AHEAD OF Nigeria’s friendly against Venezuela on November 14 in Miami, Florida, Shola Ameobi spoke of his excitement at the prospect at making his debut for the Super Eagles.
The 31-year-old Newcastle United striker was previously selected for the Nigerian squad in 2011 but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
But with a second opportunity at his grasp, the uncapped Zaria-born Ameobi declared that he wants to make an impact at international level despite his age.
He told reporters: “I want to do the best that I can. I don't just want to be a local hero, I want to be an international one. That's what has driven the decision.
“I'm really excited. Nigeria is where I'm from, that's my heritage and I've never forgotten my roots. The majority of my family are from Nigeria and they're really excited about this.
"My parents are really, really happy but they would have supported me either way. It's a case of better late than never.”
Ameobi – who has scored two goals for the Magpies this season – continued: “This is the first opportunity that has arisen to do something that I've always felt passionately about and I've always wanted to do.
"It's a great honour and I don't take it lightly. It's something that I've wanted to do and I'm really, really happy that I've got the opportunity to do it now."