The Nigerian national team manager Stephen Keshi has confirmed that the Hull city player Sone Aluko is in contention to be part of the team at the 2013 African cup of nations that will be held in South Africa.

The 23-year-old Nigerian has been an impressive form for Steve Bruce's side as he has already scored eight goals in just 17 Championship matches. As a result, his call up for the 2013 African cup of nations has been widely discussed. Stephen Keshi this also confirmed that he has already taken a look at the player and he remains in contention for the final squad.

The player has not been part of the national team since the Africa cup of nations qualifying matches back in June when he came on as a substitute against Rwanda in the 2-0 victory. He has not been part of the recent World Cup qualifying matches for Nigeria against Namibia and Malawi. He has also missed the friendly match against Venezuela as well. The African cup of nations will take place from the third week of January to the second week of February. Nigeria are one of the favourites to win the competition, while prior to the tournament we will be having friendly matches against Portugal and Catalonia.

"I've been monitoring Aluko's performance for Hull City and he's been having a great season. He was in camp with us in June but was not in shape. Sadly, he was also ill briefly which affected him. There were a lot of players around for the World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers, so it was difficult for Aluko to prove himself. Does he have a chance to go to South Africa? Probably. I like him as a player and for being a top professional in camp," said Keshi.