The Super Eagles of Nigeria under the guidance of their Franco-German tactician Gernot Rohr has successfully lured numerous foreign-born Nigerians to the team.
The gaffer has been able to add Joe Aribo (England), Tyrone Ebuehi(Netherlands), Josh Maja(England), Maduka Okoye (Germany), Cyriel Dressers(Belgium) and Kingsley Ehizibue(Netherlands) to his team since he took over from Sunday Oliseh four years ago.
According to some speculations making headlines in the country’s media, U20 World cup winning youngster Ovie Ejaria is close to playing for Nigeria having dumped England in favor of the West Africa country.
However, Nigeria’s quest to have more foreign-born players in the national team is far from over as the country’s football president Amaju Pinick revealed that all Nigeria-eligible players – both home and abroad— would be given equal chances to wear the green and white jersey of the country.
In this vein, Perfectlife’s football writer Ibukun Italoye has come up with the names of two youngsters who will likely spark a tug-of-war between Nigeria and the other countries they are eligible to represent.
1. Ayo Akinola
Born to a Nigerian father, Canadian mother and grew up in the United States, Ayo Akinola is eligible to represent any of the three countries.
USA is currently ahead of the two nations in the race for the youngster’s international future having seen him play for their U20 team at the last World cup in Poland.
The FC Toronto star is a pacy and versatile player who can feature as a winger or a centre-forward.
He is always a menace to defenders as he possess the strength to get past opponents at ease.
Though the Super Eagles presently have a pool of good strikers to choose from, capturing Ayomide won’t be a bad move.
2. Michael Olise
Though only few Super Eagles fans are conversant with the name, he is one player who should be getting Nigeria’s attention any moment from the due to his skill and quality.
The former Chelsea academy product currently plays for Reading FC and has appeared in 14 matches for the Championship side this season despite being just 18 years of age.
He is a left-footed playmaker who is eligible to represent Nigeria, France or England.
It remains to be seen if Nigeria’s football governing body will develop interest in his services.