Ademola Lookman buzzing to play for Nigeria

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Leicester City forward Ademola Lookman has expressed his excitement and readiness to feature for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The 24-year old who was born in England to Nigerian parents secured FIFA’s approval to switch allegiance from England to Nigeria on Thursday.

Lookman has represented England at the U19, U20 and U21 levels. He was part of the England U20 team that won the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup staged in South Korea.

The approval ends Ademola’s 5-year pursuit to switch allegiance from England to Nigeria. The director of communications for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire was excited to share the news.

“We are excited about this positive news because it comes as a major boost for the national team,” Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s director of communications Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport Africa.

“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.”

Reacting to the good news from FIFA, Lookman took to his Twitter page to express his excitement and how he can’t wait to feature for his new country.

“Delighted to announce that FIFA has approved my Nationality switch. Thank you for the warm welcome and I can’t wait to put on the Super Eagles shirt and represent the country @NGSuperEagles 🇳🇬🦅‬,” Lookman wrote on Twitter.

The Leicester forward joins the likes of Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Maduka Okoye and so on as players with dual nationalities but opted to play for Nigeria at the senior level in recent times.

Ademola is expected to make his debut for the Super Eagles in March against Ghana in the playoff of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar later this year.

The 1st leg will take place at the Cape Coast stadium on March 24 and the 2nd leg at the Abuja Sports stadium on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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