Molde FK striker Leke James has said he would be ‘really honoured’ to get an invitation to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The 27-year-old prolific forward netted 15 goals in the league last season to help Molde claim the Norwegian top flight title – the Eliteserien. So far in the current campaign, the former Beijing Enterprises of China player has scored 11 times in all competitions.
Despite his impressive goalscoring form in Norway, Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has constantly overlooked Leke James.
The Super Eagles have lined up friendlies against Tunisia and Ivory Coast in Austria next month and James believes his goalscoring statistics are good enough to earn him a call-up.
And the striker remains hopeful that Rohr will soon look his way.
“I think I will be really honoured if I get an invite (to play for Nigeria), with my statistics speaking for me,” he told TVC News.
“I would say I am happy with my progress so far. As a striker, when they think about you, it’s all about the goals, I think.
“I’m happy that I am getting the goals and I always pray that I get looked upon when it comes to the selection.”
James and his Molde side face Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Wednesday in a one-off tie in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League in Cyprus.
The Norwegian champions currently trail Bodoe/Glimt by 10 points, having played a game more (17) in the defence of the Eliteserien.
However, the former Aalesund striker wants to help Molde defend their league title and reach the group stage of the Champions League.
“My objectives? We are going for the third stage of the UEFA Champions League qualification and then, we are also trying to defend the title this year. And we are also working hard to be able go to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League,” he stated.
“Those are the main objectives for now, for us to go the group stage and for us to retain the (league) title.”