One of the cardinal points for this Nigeria Football Federation board led by Amaju Pinnick has been to get Nigerian players of English ...
One of the cardinal points for this Nigeria Football Federation board led by Amaju Pinnick has been to get Nigerian players of English origin into the Super Eagles.
And they are on another chase as Liverpool’s official website reports that the NFF has made overtures to the 18-year-old left-footed forward, Sheyi Ojo, to change his playing allegiance to the country of his father.
Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo could face a decision over whether to commit his international future to either Nigeria or England.
This would follow Arsenal teenager Alex Iwobi’s commitment to Nigeria in March, as the NFF look to call up their finest young talents.
Ojo was born in England but is eligible to turn out for Nigeria through his father, and having impressed in the second half of 2015/16, has emerged on the Super Eagles’ radar.
The 18-year-old, recalled from a loan spell with Wolves in January, has scored one goal and laid on a further four assists in 10 appearances for the Reds this season.
His powerful, energetic performances have seen him rise above Jordon Ibe in the pecking order on the flanks, with Jurgen Klopp clearly an admirer of his potential as a top-level attacker.
The winger did miss out on Gareth Southgate’s latest U21 squad for the Toulon Tournament, however, with Ibe also omitted following his red card against Switzerland in March.
Nigeria’s latest squad, including Iwobi, former Reds loanee Victor Moses and Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, had an average age of just 24.3, underlining their change in focus.
Securing Ojo would be another great move for the NFF, but with the Liverpool star having already turned out for England’s U16, U17, U18 and most recently U19 sides, it remains unclear whether he would make the switch.
Nigeria has been able to get the likes of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi, to switch but they have also failed with the likes of Ibe and Dele Alli.