The 24-year-old has stayed fit and focused so far this campaign scoring three goals, after a difficult spell with injuries in recent seasons. He has deputised impressively for Nikica Jelavic earlier this season, and insists the pair could form a potent partnership. So even though he was overlooked for the Super Eagles squad earlier this month, he powerful forward said he is not letting it hit his growing confidence. He said:
“The thing with Nigeria is, I am a fan. I follow the games – I followed the game at the weekend and I was happy Victor Moses scored, I spoke to (John Obi) Mikel a bit as well.
"They have done really well to qualify.
“I am more concentrating on here. This is the first time I have stayed fit for a while and I feel good in myself, so thinking of the national team hasn’t come into my head.”
The next African Cup of Nations takes place in South Africa at the start of 2013. Everton’s Steven Pienaar won’t be involved after retiring from international football, and Anichebe admits that club football is the priority for him too
“I want the fans in Nigeria to be happy and they are now we have qualified for the African Nations,” he said.
“The coach there is building a good team. I’m not even thinking of being in the squad, I am thinking of being here (at Everton).
“Everton have stuck by me and helped me get back fit so I am thinking about this more.”