FIFA approved Adeola Lookman’s application to switch his allegiance from England to Nigeria on Thursday. The Nigerian-British Leicester City winger can now play for the Super Eagles.
Ademola Lookman switch to Nigeria
Lookman was born to Nigerian parents and raised in Peckham in the UK and plays for Leicester City as a winger.
Lookman, who is on loan at Leicester from RB Leipzig, was part of England’s stunning title win at the 2017 Under 20s World Cup.
Dailymail wrote that the 24-year-old has not yet played for England’s senior team. He follows in the footsteps of Alex iwobi, Everton’s winger, who represented England at youth level and went on to represent Nigeria at the senior level.
Nigeria have been eyeing the player and are excited to finally be able to have him on the national team – Super Eagles.
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Nigeria hopes to use the player to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar where the Super eagles are set to face Ghana in a play-off next month.
The super eagles have a lot to prove given their performance at the Africa Cup of 2021 that saw them sent home at the last-16 stage after being defeated by Tunisia 1-0. (we wrote about it here: AFCON 2021: Nigeria Super Eagles sent home after Tunisia defeat (1-0)
Samuel Chukwueze tried a shot in the fifth minute but it was off target. In the 12th minute, Joe Aribo got on the end of Moses’ pass but the attempted goal was blocked with a corner kick.
Another disappointment to the Super Eagles came in when Kelechi Iheanacho was shown a yellow card after he slapped Bilel Ifas’s face.