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  • Nigeria's Football President Aiming to Lure England U21 International to Switch Allegiances

    News Sat 9 Sep 2017

    ​The president of Nigeria’s Football Federation Amaju Pinnick is hoping to acquire the services of Swansea City forward Tammy Abraham – despite Abraham already making appearances for England U21s.

    Abraham was born in England but is eligible to play for Nigeria due to his father’s nationality and according to the ​Daily Mail, Pinnick claims to have grown up with Abraham’s father and will use that relationship to persuade the youngster to play for Nigeria.

    Pinnick said: “We are working on getting Abraham. Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighbourhood. So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do.”

    A player switching allegiances is not unheard of in football – especially from England to Nigeria. Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Sone Aluko, Shola Ameobi and Ola Aina have all played for England at a youth level but all switched to play for Nigeria in their senior ranks.

    England U21 Training Session and Press Conference

    Abraham is currently a Chelsea player but is out on loan with Swansea in order to gain first-team experience. Since his move to the Liberty Stadium he has scored two goals in his first four appearances.

    Pinnick believes that Abraham’s decision to play for Nigeria – if that is what he chooses – will be a good one because the side are on the cusp of achieving great things, whether it be in Russia next year or in Qatar in five years.

    Pinnick said: “You take a first look at the [Nigeria] team and you see players like William Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, Iwobi, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi, Kelechi Iheanacho and now we have Aina as well.”

    He continued: “I believe we are so blessed and that this team will cause a big stir in Russia, and if not in Russia, in Qatar in five years’ time.”

    Source: http://www.90min.com/posts/5515206-nigeria-s-football-president-aiming-to-lure-england-u21-international-to-switch-allegiances?utm_source=RSS


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