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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 17:04 GMT
Ikedia seeks World Cup place
Pius Ikedia played for Nigeria at the 1999 World Youth Championships
Ikedia seeks a place in Nigeria's World Cup team
By BBC Sport Online's Osasu Obayiuwana

Since his appearance as a substitute in the last World Cup qualifier against Ghana last July, Pius Ikedia has been afflicted by the injury bug.

It cost him a regular first team place at Ajax Amsterdam and the chance to display his skills for Nigeria at the African Nations Cup.

"I am very happy to be back in the national team after a long absence", said Ikedia, who came on as a late substitute in Tuesday's match against Paraguay.

"I might have had just five or six minutes but it was nice to play a role.

"I have a lot to contribute to the national team. I am still young and I have a long way to go" he told BBC Sport Online.

Impressive past

Along with Julius Aghahowa, Ikedia played for Nigeria's Under-20 team at the 1999 World Youth Championships.

Ikedia's performance on the right wing, outwitting defenders with his repertoire of dribbling skills, earned him a move to the Amsterdam Arena.

"Ajax is a big club and I have had a good time so far.

"But there have been some bad moments, when due to my injury, I missed a lot of games", he said.

But Ikedia is confident that the bad times are over. He is ready to fight for a place in the Super Eagles World Cup squad.

"I have to work hard, keep fit and do well for my club as well as the national team.

"If I can do that, I have a good chance of being in the World Cup team", he said.

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