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‘Lookman A Great Addition To Super Eagles’ —NFF Official

Ademola Lookman has been praised as a terrific addition to the Super Eagles by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Director of Communications Ademola Olajire.

FIFA accepted Lookman’s departure from England, after he helped win the Under-20 World Cup in 2017.

The 24-year-old Leicester City attacker was eligible to play for the Super Eagles via his parents, and the approval means he may take part in the two-legged 2022 World Cup play-off against Ghana in March.

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And speaking on the switch Olajire, told BBC Sport Africa:“We are excited about this positive news because it comes as a major boost for the national team.

“He’s now eligible to play for Nigeria starting with next month’s matches, but a decision whether to invite him or not is the sole responsibility of the coach.

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“Lookman is a great addition to the Super Eagles and after a long wait, we are delighted that he can finally play for us.”

Having represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, Lookman will be looking to play for Nigeria in major tournaments like the AFCON and the FIFA World Cup.

But the process to get him to switch international allegiance began in 2020 when the team secretary Dayo Enebi prepared all the required documents on the NFF’s part.

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However, the application suffered a long delay due to the player’s inability to sort out his Nigerian passport and his failure to provide a written request for a change of association in line with FIFA regulations.

Lookman only completed the paperwork this week which enabled the NFF to file a fast track application for his clearance.

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