Reading Nigerian winger Ovie Ejaria has been included in the Championship Team of the Month for January, Completesports.com reports.
The Team of the Month was compiled by football facts and statistics website whoscored.com.
Ejaria is one of three Reading players who made the list.
He is placed in the left of a four-man midfield in a 4-4-2 formation.
And commenting on how Ejaria fared last month, whoscored.com wrote:”Featuring from the left flank is Reading youngster Ovie Ejaria. The 23-year-old enjoyed a superb January as he completed the second most dribbles (16) in the Championship to reinforce a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’. A further assist, his fifth of the season, saw Ejaria return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.68.”
Meanwhile, NFF president Amaju Pinnick, on Monday, confirmed that Ejaria has been cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria.
Pinnick stated this amid reports in the local media that eight overseas-born players, including Ejaria, were granted permission by FIFA to play for the Super Eagles.
The other seven are Fulham forward Ademola Lookman, Jordan Torunarigha, who plays for Hertha Berlin in Germany, Southampton’s Nathan Tella, Tosin Adarabioyo of Fulham, Noni Madueke (PSV), Sheyi Ojo of Cardiff City, and forward Ike Ugbo , who is on loan at Cercle Brugge from English giants Chelsea.
And reacting to the report Pinnick, in a chat with The Punch, disclosed that Ejaria has been given the green light to switch his allegiance and that he is not aware of the other seven players.
“Ovie Ejaria has been cleared by FIFA to play for us ( Nigeria ), that I can confirm to you , I ’m not aware of the others.”
Ejaria was born in England to Nigerian parents and represented them at age grade levels, winning the U -20 FIFA World Cup with them in 2017.
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