Lagos - FC Ufa striker Sylvester Igboun has revealed that he was unaware that he had been invited to the Super Eagles for their upcoming game against Tanzania until after the match against FC Mordovia on Monday.
''I received calls from my friends because they saw the list before me, I was on the pitch playing a league game,'' said Igboun to news24.
''It was after the game I checked my phone and I saw that people were congratulating me and sent me the list, that was when I found out that I was invited to the national team.''
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The 24-year-old says he's unfazed by the prospect of competing with two established strikers - Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa - for a starting shirt in Dar es Salaam, adding that he is used to challenges.
''Well Ahmed Musa and Emenike are both great players and I respect the fact that they have both been there before me, but the issue here is we all both have something to give which is our performance.
''I am going to the national team to give my best and to make people recognize me, it's going to be a big challenge for me but I'm used to challenges and I've always come out good at the end.
''But the most important thing is victory against Tanzania and that's what counts for me,'' the FC Ufa number 44 concluded.
Igboun is among four players named to the 18 - man squad list that could make their international bow against Tanzania.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.