By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Chibuzor Okonkwo and Austin Obaroakpo have expressed their appreciation to interim Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia over their invitations to camp ahead of Nigeria's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
FC IfeanyiUbah defender Okonkwo was one of the players who was in Nigeria's U-23 side that won silver in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a team coached by Siasia.
Okonkwo had always wished to be a key figure in the Super Eagles but has seen successive coaches shun him.
The invitation to the Eagles camp was one that apparently excited the right-back and he hopes to impress in camp.
"The matches against Egypt will be massive," he said. "I was not so lucky to play previously although injuries a couple of times didn't help.
"This time, I'll do my best in camp and hope to be involved. Siasia is a coach that believes in my ability and I want to say a big thank you to him."
Abia Warriors defender Obaroakpo is also thankful that despite a disappointing showing by the home-based Eagles at the 2016 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda, a chance to stake his claim in the Eagles backline has presented itself.
"The invitation was indeed good news. I don't know if I will play or not. Surely it will be hard, but not impossible, to compete with the likes of Godfrey Obobabona and Kenneth Omeruo.
"I'm keen to play for the national team again after the disappointment of CHAN. If I get to play in any of the games, I'll be grateful," Obaroakpo stated.
The home-based Eagles players will be in camp before the overseas-based players join them later.
The first leg of the double header holds on Friday, March 25 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.