Former Super Eagles’ star striker, Julius Aghahowa has welcomed the concept of converting English and European-born Nigerian youths to play for the country if they so wish to.
In recent times, exciting young English players of Nigerian descent who have been through the youth development programme in England and have even played for English youth teams, have been wooed to play for Nigeria; some have agreed to switch nationality while others have not.
Players like Alexander Iwobi, Victor Moses have chosen the Super Eagles over the Three Lions of England, and there are more this time, who are just as exciting and will add quality to either of the teams.
Aghahowa, who played for Wigan Athletic FC in the English Premier League, opined that with the development, these players have undergone, they will add more quality to Nigerian football.
“These players have gone through the best of development in England. We all know their youth system programme can’t be compared to ours, so I believe they’ll add more quality to our National teams and ultimately the Super Eagles”, Aghahowa told aoifootball.com
The former Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine goal machine, however pointed out that we need to seriously work and keep on our youth development program, while insisting there are still lots of talents back home in Nigeria.
“We have to ensure we take our youth development programme seriously. We have lots of budding football talents spread across the country, so we must not stop to search and develop the next best set of footballers” said Aghahowa.
It has been reported that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have mapped out plans to convince English and European-born players who are of Nigerian origin like Ademola Lookman, Sheyi Ojo, Ola Aina, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ovie Ejaria, Tammy Abraham, Chuba Akpom and Tyronne Ebuehi to play for the Super Eagles.
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