Abraham switches allegiance, agrees to play for Nigeria

Annette Crawford
September 21, 2017

The Chelsea striker - now on loan at Swansea - admits meeting Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), after the Swans' 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Wembley last weekend.

But the Swansea striker has distanced himself from claims he was set to make the switch despite admitting he met with the NFF chief.

As there are over 200,000 Nigerian born people in London it is likely that Abraham wouldn't be the last player to make the switch, with Arsenal and Chelsea stars Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses having made the switch in the past.

But the Camberwell-born youngster is now planning to switch his global allegiance to Nigeria, where both his parents hail from.

'However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my global representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.

In addition to this, five members of England's under 20 World Cup winning squad remain eligible to switch to Nigeria - Fikayo Tomori, Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo, Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman.

The Chelsea striker, on loan at Swansea City this season, is rated as one of England's brightest young talents.

"I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week", he said.

"It's been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England".

The necessary documents have begun to be filed and are expected to be completed shortly.

Now tied to Chelsea until 2022, it seems there's a very good chance the 19-year-old could jump a few steps and quickly integrate Nigeria's first-team in the near future rather than waiting for his chance with England, which could be who knows when.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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