Former Flying Eagles midfielder Ifeanyi Mathew is staking claim for a place in the Super Eagles.
Mathew has been in fantastic form for Swiss Super Lig club, FC Zurich this season.
The 26-year-old has featured in all of the club’s six league games this season.
The central midfielder has scored one goal and provided one assist in the current campaign.
The Super Eagles have struggled with the absence of a playmaker since the retirement of Austine Jay Okocha.
Mathew however believes he can help solve the problem.
”I strongly believe that I can contribute a lot to the Super Eagles. Austin Jay Okocha Okocha was a great player during his time in the Super Eagles. We all look up to him and other top midfielders while growing up,”Mathew told Completesports.com.
“I’m not Okocha, but I believe I can make the Super Eagles stronger.”
The Super Eagles are among the 24 teams that will compete for the title at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
Jose Peseiro’s men will now shift attention to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe billed for November.
Before then, the three-time African champions will face the Greens of Saudi Arabia in a friendly next month.
Mathew hopes to be part of the Super Eagles squad for the game.
“I just hope the chance to play for the Super Eagles will come soon. There is a friendly coming against Saudi Arabia next month, which is another chance for the coach to try new players,”he added.
“It’s important for the coaches to monitor the Swiss League too. I will continue to do my best to show them I deserve to be in the Super Eagles.”
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