Nigeria international Abraham Marcus is thrilled to receive his maiden call-up to the Super Eagles as the team gets ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that start in September.

The 21-year-old winger has been included in Nigeria’s 31-man provisional squad for the international friendly against Cameroon in Vienna, Austria on 4th June 2021.

Marcus has been really impressive in Portugal, playing for the second division club Feirense. This season, the youngster has scored 11 goals in 25 games.

Abraham Marcus

Abraham Marcus of CD Feirense looks like a player for the future. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

“I told my late dad before he passed that any time I step foot in Europe and have a good season, I will surely make it to the national team,” Marcus told ESPN.

“My dad loved football and he always wanted to see me in the Super Eagles. So when I saw my name on the list, the first thing I did was to go straight to the bathroom to relieve myself.

“I did not believe it. I looked at the name again to make sure there was no mistake, and then I called my boss [Filo – Feirense manager] to ask him if this was really me or somebody else. Even when he said it was me,” he continued.

“I still did not quite believe it and then a few minutes later, my phone started blowing up. I think that was when I finally believed that it was me. I was very, very excited when I saw my name on the list.”

Marcus was nurtured in the Feirense academy before being promoted to the first team in 2018 and he is looking forward to playing with the likes of Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi.

“It is a dream come true. Having a chance to play football is just a joy for me. My main focus is just to score goals. Any time I am on the pitch, I just try to do what the coach tells me so I can score,” he added.

“It is a privilege to play with the big players in Nigeria like Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Peter Etebo, Victor Osimhen. I cannot wait to meet everyone.”