Chinedu Obasi excited by recall to the Nigeria squad

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport
Hoffenheim and Nigerian striker Chinedu Obasi
Hoffenheim's striker Chinedu Obasi has been re-called to the Nigeria squad for the first time since World Cup

Nigeria's Chinedu Obasi is delighted to be back in the Super Eagles squad after more than a year out with injury.

He is in a 25-man squad for Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar on 4 September and their friendly with Argentina two days later.

The striker has had a promising start to the Bundesliga season playing in all of Hoffenheim's league matches in the German Bundesliga so far.

"It feels good to be considered again - it's quite emotional for me," he said.

Obasi appeared in Nigeria's three group matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he suffered a stress fracture playing on his shin.

He made a brief return in November 2010 only to suffer yet another injury setback that required surgery.

"I have been through a lot but I've been back playing for my club and now the opportunity to play for my country again is amazing," Obasi told BBC Sport.

"When you've been out for a long time you begin to appreciate little things and value your time on the pitch.

"It's always an honour representing Nigeria and I look forward to these games in the colours of my country."

Obasi is the only Nigerian to have appeared in all Fifa World Cups [Under 17, Under 20 and Senior] as well as the Olympics games.

Striker Brown Ideye and defender Dele Adeleye have also been recalled to the squad for the back-to-back games in September.

AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo will miss the two games after injury ruled him out of action for a month.

The left-back suffered an ankle sprain while playing for his Italian side in a friendly against Juventus last Sunday.

Nigeria play Madagascar before flying straight to Bangladesh to keep a friendly date with Argentina on 6 September.

Full Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille, France), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda, Israel), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves)

Defenders: Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland), Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Efe Ambrose (Ashdod, Israel), Dele Adeleye (Metalurh Donetsk, Ukraine), Danny Shittu (QPR, Englnd), Yusuf Ayila (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Fengor Ogude (Valerenga, Norway), Joel Obi (Inter Milan, Italy), Kalu Uche (Neuchatel Xamax, Switzerland), Solomon Okoronkwo (Valerenga, Norway), Ahmed Musa (VV Venlo, Holland), Nosa Igiebor (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel)

Strikers: Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Victor Anichebe (Everton, England), Ikechukwu Uche (Real Zaragoza, Spain), Peter Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion, England), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim, Germany), Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Peter Utaka (Odense, Denmark)