Utaka: I’ll be dis­ap­pointed not to be at World Cup

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John Utaka has said he would be dis­ap­pointed if Coach Stephen Keshi failed to pick him on his pro­vi­sional World Cup squad.

The 32-year-old Utaka is scor­ing again for Turk­ish club Si­vass­por af­ter a five-week ab­sence caused by a ham­string in­jury.

He was on the squad to both the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and on the back of his goals for Mont­pel­lier in the French Ligue 1, he was among the first strik­ers to be lined up by coach Stephen Keshi in 2011.

Keshi is ex­pected this week to make pub­lic his pro­vi­sional squad for Brazil 2014.

And Utaka told MTNFoot­ball.com from his base in Turkey: “I will be dis­ap­pointed if I’m not con­sid­ered for the World Cup be­cause I’m still play­ing foot­ball and still avail­able to play for my coun­try.

“But if I’m not picked, I will not hold any grudges.”

He fur­ther said that with or with­out him, the Su­per Ea­gles will shine in Brazil, even tip­ping them to go all the way and make his­tory as the first African team to win the World Cup.

“We should reach the semi­fi­nal and why not even win the World Cup?

“No­body gave us a chance when we won the Olympics in 1996, but we beat the likes of Brazil and Ar­gentina to do just that.

“Also, see Ghana at the last World Cup - they were so close to reach­ing the semi-fi­nals, but for that missed penalty.

“We just have to be­lieve in our­selves and go for it.”

John Utaka in the colours of Portsmouth bat­tles with an­other ex-Su­per Ea­gles player Seyi Olifin­jana of Cardiff City dur­ing the npower Cham­pi­onship match be­tween at Frat­ton Park on Au­gust 28, 2010

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