Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina, has admitted he chose to play for Nigeria instead of England, because he knew he had a better chance of playing for the African nation, the SportsBay.com reports.
Aina is one of the few foreign players with Nigerian descent to commit their international future to the West African nation.
“England was never going to give me a chance to play for the senior team, that’s the difference. Nigeria gave me the pathway to play for their senior team,” Aina said in an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media Team.
“I probably would have made it there at some point but Nigeria told me I can make it here now, it was a no-brainer.”
“England contacted and told me to just take my time and never rush into making a decision. They said it was better I took my time and leave the opportunity open.
The 23-year-old defender also said his best feeling with the Super Eagles is the fact there was never any form of division in the team.
“It’s really a good feeling the way Nigeria are incorporating the European Nigeria with the home-grown players and my best feeling is the fact that there was never any form of division in the team,” he said.
Another foreign import to switch international allegiance to Nigeria is Liverpool-owned midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who was born in London like the former Chelsea player.
“Yes, if you have the roots and from Nigeria, you should be welcomed to play for Nigeria, no one should be felt like they are pushed aside.”
The defender picked Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze as his most difficult opponent in the Super Eagles training sessions.
“I would say Samuel Chukwueze, he is a tricky player even in training, he is business-minded.”
England-born Aina was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though he did not make the final 23.
He was later recalled into the squad and played a major role in the team’s qualification for AFCON 2019 staged in Egypt.
Ola Aina played the Eagles opening match against tournament debutants Burundi, assisting the only goal of the match.