Calvin Bassey is looking to impress for Rangers and seal an international call-up to the Nigeria squad that will take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.
Although born in Italy, Bassey was able to represent his country of birth, England, or Nigeria at international level. He chose to represent Nigeria having been called up for World Cup qualifiers in October.
The 21-year-old hasn’t featured for Nigeria yet, and missed out on their latest squad, but that hasn’t stopped him from eying up a spot in the upcoming Cup of Nations squad.
The defender spoke to the media ahead of the Dundee match and responded after being asked if he would like to represent the Super Eagles in the new year.
“Yeah of course,” said Bassey [Rangers.co.uk]. “It’s always an honour to represent your country. Obviously, the timings a bit hard because we’ve got games but right now, I’m just fully focussed at the club.”
“At the end of the day, if I do well here, that’s what helps me get called up to Nigeria, so I’m just focussed on the club and giving my best performance, taking each day as it comes.
“Whatever happens, when we get to that stage, we’ll look at it and see what’s best for me and take it from there,”
Bassey seems confident that if he performs well, he can receive a call-up to the prestigious tournament.
Having excelled at both left-back and more recently centre-back, for Rangers, he could well be a versatile option for the Nigerian squad as they seek to win their 4th continental title.
The youngster isn’t the only Rangers player eying up the competition, with Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo both looking to feature heavily for the Super Eagles.
This could provide Giovanni van Bronckhorst with a selection nightmare and he may need to delve into the transfer market as a result.
He could also take advantage of the fantastic young players at the club, although the long-term future of one starlet remains uncertain.