By James Agberebi:
Hearts of Scotland defender, Juwon Oshaniwa, has expressed optimism that he will be back playing for the Super Eagles soon.
Oshaniwa, who joined Hearts in August from FC Ashdod of Israel, last played for Nigeria 11 months ago. He was part of the team which drew 2-2 with South Africa last November and narrowly failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Oshanowa told Edinburgh Evening News that he has been in contact with Nigeria Football Federation officials who have assured him of getting back into the team.
“People from the national team, from the management board, have been in contact with me,” he said. “They have been talking to me so I’m not disturbed. They said: ‘Just keep doing your stuff, it’s not as if you’ve been forgotten. You will always be reckoned with when the time comes.’ That keeps me strong.
“I will keep doing what I know how to do. You can see every time I’m on the pitch, I’m on there giving 100 per cent. I will keep doing this and see what the future holds for me. At any time, any moment, I’m always ready.”
Oshaniwa has been in fine form since joining Hearts, playing regularly in the Scottish Premiership.
He was a member of the Eagles 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad. And was also part of the team at last year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.