By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles invitee Ibrahim Alhassan believes the home-based players invited by coach Gernot Rhor for the friendlies against a Corsica XI and Togo will justify their inclusion, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Alhassan, who plays for Akwa United, MFM's Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun, and IfeanyiUbah's Ikechukwu Ezenwa are the four Nigeria Professional Football League players picked for the friendlies which come up on Friday, May 26 against Corsica and Thursday, June 1, against Togo.
The 20-year-old forward, who has scored 10 league goals this season for Akwa United, stated that their invitation was as a result of their impressive performances for their clubs this season.
"It is a privilege to be invited for the Super Eagles but I must give credit to my teammates and coaches for helping me,"Alhassan told Completesportsnigeria. "And I must congratulate myself for being an Akwa United ambassador and I will make sure I represent them well.
"We are going there not to just go and make up the numbers. We are going there to give our all to see that we represent the home-based players well and hopefully we will not disappoint.
"I am not under pressure because I believe if you are doing your thing, believe in God and also hardworking, good things will come. I think the hard work we have put in for our different teams is the reason why we have been selected."
Alhassan, who was a Flying Eagles player, expressed delight with the prospect of linking up with his former junior international teammates.
"Playing with the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success and Wilfred Ndidi at the junior level was a privilege," Alhassan told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"They are my friends and I can't wait to meet them because I have been in contact with some of them. By God grace if I keep working hard, I believe I can play at the level they currently are and I hope I can play in one of the top European leagues. For now I leave everything in God's hands. I pray that any place I can develop as a player and as a person I want to start there.
"Every player wants to play in the big teams, like Iheanacho playing for Manchester City and Wilfred Ndidi playing for Leicester City and also Isaac Success playing for Watford. I would love to play in such a top league but I want to start from where I can develop as a player and as a person."