Having recently capped Chelsea’s Ola Aina, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have moved in swiftly to cap two more former England junior internationals for the Super Eagles.
The NFF is not necessarily capping these players for the world cup, but to increase the pool of players available for selection.
More so, as already exemplified by Victor Moses, Leon Balogun and Alex Iwobi, the exposure of these players to top-level coaching early on – which is lacking at home — is a big plus for Nigeria.
The NFF may have hit a rock in the pursuit of Tammy Abraham, but a little that is unlikely to happen again.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is the latest to be courted for the Super Eagles, and the defender has not ruled out the possibility of representing the Super Eagles in the near future, and the same applies to another member of the victorious England U20 World Cup-winning squad, Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah.
”Fikayo is open to playing for anybody, he was born in Canada. He won’t be too difficult to convince, anybody that comes first he’ll play, – according to allnigeriasoccer.
”Josh Onomah too does not have a problem. He has been approached but these things should be done in secret.”
Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina, who all featured for the Super Eagles against Zambia, had caps for England youth teams before they applied for a change of association.
Victor Moses leads a list of Nigerians in the diaspora who have enjoyed a level of international success since switching his allegiance.
The Chelsea wing-back was a key member of the squad that delivered Nigeria’s first AFCON title in 19 years in 2013.
Arsenal stopped Alex Iwobi from participating at the Olympics in 2016 but William Troost-Ekong was part of the Nigerian contingent that won bronze at the Olympics that summer.