Plateau United skipper Elisha Golbe is ecstatic over his invitation to the Super Eagles for the 2018 Chan qualifier against Togo or Benin next month.

The defender alongside 29 others were named by Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf to prosecute the qualifier between the winners of the play-off tie between the Hawks of Togo and Squirrels of Benin.

This will be Golbe’s first-ever call up to any Nigerian side at all levels, a feat he attributes to prayers and hard work.

“I’ve been praying forward to this day, to be honest. I’m over the moon by the invitation and I thank God the coach found me worthy to be in the team,” he told

“Nigeria has many talents and to be called up feels nice. It is a reward for my years of dedication and hard work. I never gave up on my dream of playing for Nigeria.

“Many people have asked me why I have not played for Nigeria at any level but I always tell them my time will come. With prayers and dedication on the field, it has now turned to reality for me.”

Plateau United are sitting pretty on top of the NPFL log five points ahead of their nearest rivals MFM FC, a feat many have attributed to Golbe’s leadership on the pitch and free-kick expertise which has yielded five goals so far.

That form has now been rewarded with a first ever call up to the Eagles for the defender who can also play in midfield.

“Yes, I’ve heard people say a lot about my free-kicks but I bring more to the team than that and maybe the Eagles coaches saw that and felt I can do a job for my country,” he said.

“I’m going to the camp to fight for a shirt. The national team is not Plateau United, it is a different ball game entirely.

“I have to prove my worth and show the coaches that they can depend on me. All the invited players are good, the competition will be very tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”