Brown Ideye has ruled out a return to the Super Eagles claiming he wants to focus more on his club career with Aris Saloniki, that’s according to Sports Extra.
Ideye, who is hoping to revive his career with Aris Saloniki after signing a one-season contract with the Greek club, hasn’t played an international match since 2016 when he provided an assist for Kelechi Iheanacho in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The 30-year-old had been without a club after his contract at Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda expired in December 2018.
“I’ve come to realise I’m unlikely to ever play for my country again,” Ideye told Sports Extra.
“I think I’m more than capable of doing a job for my country. But the fact is that I have been out for 12 months, it’s only best I focus more on getting back to my very best and my club career.”
“It is unfortunate from my point of view but it’s quite plain to see I’m not in their plans.
“Still, I would love to be involved. Representing my country was always the ultimate honour, but it’s just not going to happen any time soon.”
Ideye who previously played in Switzerland, France, Ukraine, England, Greece and China scored six goals in 27 appearances for Nigeria.
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