Out-of-favour Nigeria striker Kayode Olarenwaju says he is hopeful his current form will earn him a recall to the Super Eagles.
The 27-year-old forward – on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk – scored 10 goals and provided 7 assists for Turkish Super Lig side Gaziantep in the recently concluded 2019/2020 season.
Despite being a regular at club level, the former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles goal poacher has managed just four appearances for the Super Eagles since making his debut against Senegal in a friendly in March, 2017, playing a combined total of a paltry 56 minutes in the process.
In an interview with TVC News, the former Girona, Austria Vienna and ASEC Mimosas striker explained that he never was able to replicate his club form for the Super Eagles because of a lack of minutes.
Olarenwaju maintained, however, that he still has a lot to offer the 3-time African champions if he is given sufficient time to prove himself in the team.
“(At the) U-17 and U-20, the coaches gave me a lot of time to play, I had more minutes to play, so, I proved myself,” he noted.
“I think in the national team, I am talking about the Super Eagles, I didn’t have much time to play. So, it was difficult for me and to also showcase myself. They gave me some few minutes, also I did well just to prove that I am a fantastic player.
“I think I’m looking forward another call-up, I’m ready to serve my nation. I started it since U-17, and I proved to the world who Kayode is. I think it is not difficult for me.”
The former Heartland player has represented Nigeria at all levels, playing for the Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles, Olympic Eagles and the Super Eagles.