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Obi: Big chance to make World Cup squad

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Obi has impressed for the Toro this season, making 24 appearances in Serie A and scoring six goals, which he feels could boost his chances of going to Russia with the Super Eagles.

The 26-year old admitted it was heart-breaking to miss out on the 2014 edition in Brazil and said he is working hard to be included in Gernot Rohr's final 23-man party.

"This big tournament is the ultimate ambition of every professional footballer and I hope to work harder to fulfil that dream," he told the BBC.

"I was heartbroken for missing the World Cup in Brazil, but I now have another big opportunity four years later.

"Coach Gernot Rohr has made it clear that everyone must earn their place in the team. That's equally encouraging and challenging, so I'm looking forward to the competition for a spot."

Obi has won 15 caps for his country over an eight-year period and he's hopeful of staying injury free to secure a ticket to Russia.

"I've had a period when injury robbed me of playing for my country but with Russia in mind, it would just be unbelievable to finally be playing at a major tournament for Nigeria," he added.

"I had a chance to play for the Italy youth side and potentially at a youth World Cup but I stood firm that Nigeria was definitely my future, 100%. I want to play for the Super Eagles.

"If I keep going, play well for Torino and do well for my country with every chance I get, I think there's a big chance for me to go to the World Cup."

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