Nigeria ‘excited’ to get Ademola Lookman

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expressed “excitement” and “delight” after former England youth international Ademola Lookman was cleared by Fifa to play for them at senior level.

Football’s world governing body, Fifa, approved the 24-year-old’s switch from England, for whom he helped win the Under-20 World Cup in 2017.

The Leicester City forward was eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his parents and the clearance means that he could play in the two-legged 2022 World Cup play-off against Ghana next month.

“We are excited about this positive news because it comes as a major boost for the national team,” NFF director of communications, Ademola Olajire said.

“He’s now eligible to play for Nigeria starting with next month’s matches, but a decision whether to invite him or not is the sole responsibility of the coach.

“Lookman is a great addition to the Super Eagles and after a long wait, we are delighted that he can finally play for us.”

Having represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, Lookman will be looking to play for the West African nation in major tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations and the Fifa World Cup.

But the process to get him to switch international allegiance began in 2020 when the team secretary Dayo Enebi prepared all the required documents on the NFF’s part.

However, the application suffered a long delay due to the player’s inability to sort out his Nigerian passport aa well as his failure to provide a written request for a change of association in line with Fifa regulations.

Ademola Lookman only completed the paperwork this week which enabled the NFF to file a fast track application for his clearance.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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