Kano Pillars striker, Junior Lokosa, has expressed optimism at his chances of making the Super Eagles' final squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Lokosa, who has scored 18 times in 21 appearances has vowed to work hard to repay the faith of Gernor Rohr, the national team handler.
"I give God the glory and the coach Gernot Rohr for this opportunity," Lokosa told Goal
"It is a dream come true for me. Every Nigerian player - either at home or abroad definitely wants to represent the country. It is a wonderful privilege for me to make the World Cup list.
"I am ready to take this great opportunity and do my very best to justify my inclusion. I have been giving my best in each day for any team I play for because I believe that's what we make me a better person and that has got me to where I am now.
"It was the decision of the coach to give me the golden chance and I am focused on giving a good account of myself in the Super Eagles' camp. I believe that I can make it to Russia."
Rohr omitted the likes of Henry Onyekuru, Brown Ideye and Junior Ajayi on the list released on Monday to invite Lokosa, who has emerged a revelation in the NPFL this season, scoring 18 goals in 21 league matches.
The Super Eagles camp will open in Abuja on May 19, to begin preparations for the warm-up friendly against Congo DR in Port Harcourt on the 28. The final 23-man list for the team is expected to be released on June 4; the day the team will face England in another friendly in Wembley.
The Super Eagles will begin their sixth World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium before facing Iceland and later Argentina in Group D.