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Nigerian footballer Jordan Torunarigha approved by FIFA to represent Nigeria

Jordan Torunarigha

African footballers. Jordan Torunarigha request to switch nationality has been approved by the Federation of International Football Federation (FIFA).

According to Soccer, the Players’ Status Chamber of FIFA has officially granted his request to play for the Super Eagles. The decision comes after a formal request made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to FIFA, seeking Torunarigha’s eligibility to wear the national colours of Nigeria.

The Nigerian footballer had previously turned down the chance to be part of the team back in 2018 who were then preparing for the World Cup, as he had his sight set on climbing the youth ranks of Germany. Read more: Why Nigerian Germany-based footballer Jordan Torunarigha is now open to play for Nigerian Super Eagles

Having previously represented Germany at youth levels, Torunarigha’s monumental decision to switch nationality to Nigeria’s Super Eagles marks a significant turning point in his football journey.

Who is Jordan Torunarigha?

Jordan Torunarigha (born 7 August 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for First Division A club Gent. He is the son of former footballer Ojokojo Torunarigha and the brother of current footballer Junior Torunarigha.

He made his debut for the first team on 4 February 2017, coming on as a 90th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win over FC Ingolstadt. He made his first start for the Hertha on 5 April 2017 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, starting at left back following illness to Marvin Plattenhardt and suspension for Maximilian Mittelstädt. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Darmstadt 98 on 13 May 2017, sending Hertha up to 5th in the table with one match remaining.

On 28 January 2022, Torunarigha joined Gent in the Belgian First Division A on loan and on 19 July 2022, Torunarigha made a permanent move to Gent signing a three year deal.

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