Recuperating Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche has revealed how his heart stays with the Super Eagles in Angola and his focus on rounding up his therapy.
The 250-year-old who damaged the ligaments of his left knee back in September 2009 is on the final lap of his recovery in Spain.
But Uche who emerged as Nigeriaâ€™s top scorer in the 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers with four goals knows he cannot play any part in Angola but was quick to wish his colleagues all the best at the tournament.
Uche told KickOffNigeria.com: â€œI feel elated that the team qualified for the World Cup and Nations Cup because the country, fans and players deserve to feel the vibe of a World Cup on the continent.
â€œI might be a footballer but I also remain a fan of the team and remain optimistic the boys will make the country proud in Angola.
â€œMy thoughts and best wishes are with the team and I know they wonâ€™t let us down.â€
Despite all the criticism that has surrounded the Super Eagles in recent months; the Real Zaragoza man believes the team only need to react like warriors.
Uche admits that critics and cynics are part of the game and only a strong team with courageous mentality can turn the corner.
â€œBecause it is Nigeria people expect so much from us and we cannot blame them. But we only need to fight hard, accept the constructive analyse and criticism to help us get better.
â€œThe team has been buoyed by the world cup ticket and Angola provides them with a chance to win back the trust, love, belief and warmth from the fans and media.
â€œI just hope the fans will rally behind the team because they need it more than ever before.
It was obviously warm to hear Uche speak glowingly of the Super Eagles and football five months after that devastating injury in the Spanish La_liga match involving his team and Sevilla.