Everton FC striker Victor Anichebe has signalled his intent of continuing to impress with his club, rather than speculating if he will get called up to Nigeria’s African Nations Cup squad.
The 24-year-old has had a difficult time in recent seasons with injuries, but this Premier League term he has remained fit and deputised impressively for Nikica Jelavic, scoring three goals so far, and the Nigerian insists he can form an explosive partnership with the Croatian.
Anichebe was overlooked for the last Nigeria squad, but insists that he is not letting his omission dent his confidence.
“The thing with Nigeria is, I am a fan. I follow the games – I followed the game at the weekend and I was happy Victor Moses scored, I spoke to John Obi Mikel as well,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“They have done really well to qualify.
“I am more concentrating on here. This is the first time I have stayed fit for a while and I feel good in myself, so thinking of the national side hasn’t come in to my head.”
The African Cup of Nations will take place at the beginning of 2013 in South Africa, and Anichebe is unsure that he will be picked. One Everton player who will not be in the squad is Steven Pienaar, who retired from international football.
Anichebe has signalled that club football is a priority for him, “I want the fans in Nigeria to be happy and they now are we have qualified for the African Nations.
“The coach there is building a good team. I’m not even thinking about being in the squad, I am thinking of being here [Everton].
“Everton have stuck by me and helped me get back fit so I am thinking about this no more,” he added.