The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has provided an update concerning Leicester City forward Ademola Lookman’s international allegiance to Nigeria from England.
Lookman, 24, was part of the junior Three Lions that won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 but is eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian parents.
Despite his decision to represent Nigeria, the NFF is yet to apply to FIFA for a nationality switch because he has played for England at Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 level.
We are aware of Lookman’s desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it,” NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa.
“After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach [Gernot Rohr] on whether or when he deems it fit to get him involved.”
Should Lookman get clearance from Fifa to play for Nigeria, he would face competition from Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu of Bordeaux, and Lorient’s Terem Moffi for a place in the squad.
Over the years, the NFF has succeeded in convincing several former England youth internationals, including Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi, and Ola Aina, to swap allegiances to Nigeria.