Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has expressed his desire to return to the National team after being on the sidelines for a while. The 25yr old midfield enforcer, missed the last three games of the Super Eagles but insist he is always happy playing for the Nigerian team.

Though his performance when the Super Eagles visited Seychelles came under scrutiny, the Trabzonspor man believes he is back to his best.

“It was a tough time I must admit, but despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country,” Onazi told BBC Sport.

“Whenever I go out there to play, I give 120 per cent, but unfortunately my Achilles tendon problems slowed me down.

“Now things are looking up again for me at club level, I hope to keep giving my best to my country as well.”

The Super Eagles midfielder has been a key part of Trabzonspor’s run of good form since September. They sit seventh in the Turkish Super Lig table and he wants to replicate that form with Nigeria.

“After what happened in Russia, it was important for all the players to ensure a return to the African Cup of Nations,” Onazi continued.

“It’s an exciting feeling to achieve that and we can only hope that collectively we can all bring our good club form to the national team.”