By Izuchukwu Okosi
Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC striker Stephen Odey admits his exclusion from the Super Eagles squad to play against South Africa in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier on June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo hurts but will be a springboard to improve on his game, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr released a 23-man squad a day to the international friendly against Togo but the leading goal scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League with 14 goals, Odey, was omitted from the list, along with his club mate Sikiru Olatunbosun after both had featured against a Corsica XI in Ajaccio last Friday.
"Naturally, when a player is dropped from a team to play a game or tournament he will feel bad," Odey told Completesportsnigeria.com from the Super Eagles camp in Paris.
"But such is life. I will work harder on my game and prove that I deserve to be part of the team.
"Yes it hurts, but there are so many games still to play by the national team in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. I'm also certain that the team will also play one or two more friendly matches still this year."
The striker could be in action in Thursday's international friendly against Togo.
"We're preparing as usual. I don't know if I'll play but hopefully I will get to play," Odey concluded.