Ogenyi Onazi has pledged his commitment to Super-Eagles and promised to bring his good club form to the national team.
The midfielder has been in fine form for the Turkish Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor and is hoping to replicate same form for the Super Eagles.
The 25-year-old has been criticised for his displays for his country having turned in some disappointing performances.
Onazi has since been left out of Gernot Rohr’s squad since their victory 3-0 win over Seychelles back in September.
The ex-Lazio man was also an unused substitute for all of Nigeria’s games at the World Cup in Russia.
But having returned to full fitness and fine form, the Jos born midfielder is ready to go again.
Speaking to BBC Sports, he said: “It was a tough time I must admit. But despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country.
“Whenever I go out there to play I give 120% but unfortunately my achilles tendon problems slowed me down.
“Now things are looking up again for me at club level. I hope to keep giving my best to my country as well.”
Nigeria have qualified for the Nations Cup next year after missing the last two editions. Onazi was part of the team that participated and won it in 2013 and wants to win another silverware.
“After what happened in Russia it was important for all the players to ensure a return to the Nations Cup.
“It’s an exciting feeling to achieve that and we can only hope that collectively we can all bring our good club form to the national team.
“The last time I played in the tournament we won it. We as players have to go back again with the mentality to win it, and if we can’t we shouldn’t be there.”