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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 17:27 GMT 18:27 UK
Ogbeche full of promise
Bartholomew Ogbeche of Nigeria/Paris St Germain
Ogbeche has been a revelation for PSG this season

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Bartholomew Ogbeche says he will make Nigerians proud if he is selected for the World Cup.

"It would be great for me to play in the World Cup," he told BBC Sport Online.

"I would not be satisfied just to get there. I will do my best to make Nigerians feel proud of me."

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If we work together and are committed to do the best for Nigeria, I am sure we'll achieve a lot
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Bartholomew Ogbeche

The Paris St Germain striker, who made his debut for Nigeria against Paraguay in March, was disappointed to miss out on the African Nations Cup.

He says he was surprised not to get an invitation from the Nigeria Football Association, contradicting reports that his club made it impossible for him to go to Mali.

"I thought that I would get an invitation to the national team but I received none and my club never said that I was invited," he said.

"Everything appears to have been so confusing at that time.

"So, instead of going to Nigeria's camp without being invited, I decided to play for my club."

The 18-year-old has been a revelation for PSG this season, his consistency surely contributing to the departure of Nicolas Anelka.

Ogbeche, however, has only kind words for his former team-mate.

Jay-Jay Okocha is PSG's highest-paid player
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is Ogbeche's idol

"It was great to play alongside Nicolas. I would not say that the coach kept him on the bench because of me," the teenager said.

"The coach decided to have faith in me because I followed his advice and tactical ideas."

With the gifted Austin Jay-Jay Okocha as a club and national team-mate, Ogbeche said playing alongside his childhood idol was a dream come true.

"I watched him on television during the 1994 World Cup on television. I admired his tremendous skills and splendid dribbles," he said.

"He always advises me and keeps pushing me on to do better."

Born on 1 October 1984, the PSG striker will certainly form part of the new Super Eagles side that will emerge after the World Cup finals in Korea/Japan.

He is aware that living up to the expectations of Nigeria's demanding football fans will not be an easy task.

"It is not easy to shoulder that responsibility, but if we work together and are committed to do the best for Nigeria, I am sure we'll achieve a lot."

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