Granada midfielder Ramon Azeez says that his Spanish club Granada’s “faith and belief” in him has seen him recalled to the Nigeria team after five years.
26-year-old resurgence in La Liga, including a goal in a 2-0 win over Barcelona, has seen his name in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for next month’s friendly against Brazil.
“The manager [Diego Martinez] have shown great faith and believe in me,” Azeez told BBC Sport.
“I also understand the La Liga is better now than before, so everything that goes by.
“I think that, with the help of my teammates, everyone at the club and a new mindset has helped. It is always an honor to play for your country and recognized by the coach [Gernot] Rohr.”
A former youth international, Aziz has been in Spanish football since 2011, rising through the ranks at Almeria before a short spell in the CD’s lead to a switch to Granada in January.
Nigeria will be meeting in Brazil on October 13 in Singapore, for the second time at senior level after a 3-0 defeat in a friendly in June 2003 in Abuja.
inRead invented by Teads
Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, who suffered a head injury in Wednesday’s Scottish League Cup win over Livingston, is included by coach Gernot Rohr despite his club manager Steven Gerrard, saying he will miss “a few games” for the club.
Is a maiden call-up to check on the basis of forward Peter Olayinka scored against Inter Milan in the Uefa Champions League last week, but the Brighton defender Leon Balogun and Brian Idowu both been left in.
Captain Ahmed Musa also injured, while the quartet of Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem return after missing the friendly game against Ukraine.
In-form Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses, Simon, and Samuel Kalu are joined by regular Alex Iwobi and William Troost-Ekong in the Super Eagles team expected to reach Singapore on 9 October.
Round: Francis Uzoho (Omonia, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (center); Emil Maduka Okoye (fate Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defense: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullah Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); William Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK retains, Greece); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada, Spain)
Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille, France); Moses Simon (France, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)