The African Cup of Nations in January may be quite an exciting opportunity for Junior Tchamadeu, but the Stoke City player is keeping his feet on the ground for now.

As the fullback could soon be making his debut for Cameroon, he spoke to the local media about possibly participating in the tournament in a couple of months.

Quoted by Actu Cameroun, Tchamadeu admitted there’s big expectations about the African competition, but is more focused on his first few appearances for now.

“The African Cup of Nations is in the back of my mind. I want to represent my country in one of the biggest international competitions so I’m thinking about it. But right now I have to stay focused on the next two games to help the team win,” said Tchamadeu.

“To be honest it’s a pride for me to represent my parents’ country and I’ve seen the love from the fans it’s incredible. It’s a dream come true to play for my parents’ country and I’m happy to be here.”

Following a good start at Stoke City, Tchamadeu was called up by Cameroon for the first rounds of the World Cup Qualifiers.

He’s in the squad that will play Mauritius and Libya in the coming days. The debut in the African Cup of Nations is only taking place on the 15th of January, when they play Guinea in the opening fixture.

It was last summer that Stoke City signed Tchamadeu from Colchester United. So far, the youngster has made four appearances for the Potters, and was even a starter in a sequence of games, although he soon went back to the bench. That’s why the 19-year-old has a lot on his mind before January.