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Lookman not eligible to play for Nigeria – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has clarified that Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman has not been cleared by the world football governing body, FIFA to represent Nigeria.

According to a statement posted on the NFF’s Facebook page, the process to have him switch his allegiance to Nigeria is still ongoing.

Former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr had listed him in his initial 40-man provisional squad list for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations but was left out of Nigeria’s final 28-man squad released by Austin Eguavoen last week.

“Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC OF England has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level. The process for his switch is ongoing.

“It is therefore incorrect for any medium to claim that interim Head Coach Austin Eguqvoen is the one who axed the player from Nigeria’s final list of 28 for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021.

“However, his name was included in the initial provisional list with the believe that the process would have been completed before the commencement of Afcon,” the statement said.

Lookman was born in England to Nigerian parents and has played for U19, U20 and U21 England teams.

He had previously turned down Nigeria again in early 2018 after meeting with the president of the Nigeria Football Federation after England senior manager Gareth Southgate convinced him that he was part of his plans

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