HULL CITY’S SONE ALUKO EYES SUPER EAGLES RETURN

Hull City’s Sone Aluko is aiming to establish himself in the Premier League and earn a Nigeria recall. The former England youth international switched allegiances four years ago and made his Super Eagles debut in 2009. His last game under coach Stephen Keshi was in June 2012 as a substitute in a 2-0 over Rwanda in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. “If things go my way this season I can still break into the team for Brazil definitely,” he told BBC Sport. “If I maintain my form then I will have a good case for selection.” Nigeria face Ethiopia over two legs in October and November in  the  play-offs  for a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Injuries have prevented Aluko from being a regular for the Super Eagles and he has not featured in Nigeria’s 2014 qualifiers so far. “Disappointed would be a strong word to use maybe but I’ve never hidden the fact that I want to play for the  Eagles,” he said. “That remains the aim so missing out again is frustrating but makes me hungrier too. “Earning a recall does cross my mind but it is not an everyday thought. “During international breaks and other random times when team-mates and coaches ask me how come I’ve not been selected, then I think about it.” While Aluko believes a place in the Nigeria squad is achievable he does concedes that others are ahead of him in Keshi’s thinking. “To keep working hard and hope is all I can do, we are fortunate as Nigerians that we are blessed with top players especially in attacking positions so competition is high,” he said. “I’m now in arguably the best league in the world and in the Premier League good form for my club playing regularly so I can’t do too much more than I am.”

MOURINHO HAPPY FOR JUAN MATA

Juan Mata has had limited opportunities this new season but was handed a rare start in the Capital One Cup win at Swindon. Mourinho was happy with his performance and he said “I liked the way Juan Mata played against Swindon. His attitude is very good and his effort was good. “When a player makes an effort to come in my direction then I go to him as well. I can imagine from now him working into my way of thinking and I think the natural tendency will for him to be in the team.”

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NIGERIA DEMOLISHED BURKINA FASO, 4 – 1

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FRIENDLY MATCH: NIGERIA VS BURKINA FASO

The super eagles of Nigeria will on tuesday 10th,september host the stallions of Burfina faso in an international friendly encounter at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna. The two teams met last at the African cup of nations final where Nigeria emerged victorious with a lone goal. Venue: Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna Date: 10th Setember 2013…