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Why Nigeria foreign-born footballers prefer other countries

11th Nov, 2019 | By Gyang Dakwo | ||

Playing for the Super Eagles seems to have lost its appeal for Nigerian footballers born in foreign countries, as they tend to choose to represent their countries of birth rather than Nigeria. This is a departure from the time when the Nigerian senior team was a choice destination for players born outside the shores of Nigeria.

It brings to mind players like Tunji Banjo, John Chiedozie, Reuben Agboola and a host of others who jumped at the opportunity to wear the green and white colours. Today, head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that it is difficult to convince players born outside Nigeria, to play for the country. Rohr stated this against the backdrop of Queens Park Rangers midfielder, Ebere Eze, turning down the chance to feature in the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho.

It will be recalled that recently Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori also chose England over Nigeria. The door to the Super Eagles is always open to the best players. There are so many players to choose from, but the media sometimes insist they must come. But they do not want because they can play for England and Germany. So it is not always easy for the players to decide and it is never good to put pressure on them,'' Rohr said.

This development may not be unconnected with the fact that many of these foreign-bred footballers may find it hard adapting to a new environment as all or the better part of their lives has been spent abroad. As for the coaches, working with them might not be as easy as with those who are domiciled in Nigeria and familiar with the nation's ways. This is aside the financial and bureaucratic bottlenecks associated with nationality switch.

It is worthy of note that of recent players, the likes of Shola Ameobi, Victor Moses, William Troost-Ekong, to name a few, have been persuaded to switch nationality to play for Nigeria after representing other countries at cadet/junior level.

News Update

The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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