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Ola Aina delighted to be back with Nigeria

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The 22-year-old will take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, after missing the chance to play in the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year.

22-year-old Ola Aina wasn’t selected on the 23-man squad for Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year.

But after working hard with Torino in the Italian Lega Serie A, he has been chosen to represent his country in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

“I just missed out on the World Cup last time, that was hard to not go,” Aina told Goal.

“Africa Cup of Nations is around the corner and to play in it is a big thing for me,” he added.

“To compete and play after two times not qualifying for it, it’s really special for me to be involved in it.”

“After I missed the World Cup, I bounced back quickly and moved on,” he said.

“You take that disappointment and turn it into hunger and desire to be in this tournament and be selected.”

“It has just pushed me to be even more determined. Now I’m ready to go and do my best,” he added.

“We are going well. Training is at a high level. There’s a good spirit. The preparation has been good. I think everyone is confident.”

“Everyone is happy. Everyone is at ease and it’s a good vibe to be around. We are raring to go,” the player concluded.