Ogenyi Onazi has restated his commitment to the Super Eagles and says he is always happy to play for Nigeria.
The 25-year-old missed the last three games with injury as Nigeria returned to their first Africa Cup of Nations since winning the tournament in 2013.
His performance in his last appearance away to Seychelles after the World Cup raised question marks over his form and fitness, but Onazi insists he is back to his best form at Trabzonspor.
“It was a tough time I must admit, but despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country,” Onazi told BBC Sport.
“After what happened in Russia it was important for all the players to ensure a return to the African Cup of Nations,” Onazi continued.
Nigeria international started his professional career in Italy with Lazio, winning the 2013 Italian Cup, before switching to Turkish side Trabzonspor in August 2016.
The midfielder, who has 51 international caps, helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and played in all four of Nigeria’s games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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