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Iwobi: I’d Love To Convince Abraham To Make Nigeria Switch

Iwobi: I’d Love To Convince Abraham To Make Nigeria Switch

By Johnny Edward:

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is ready to convince Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham to pledge his allegiance to Nigeria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Abraham has been courted by the Nigerian Football Federation to make a switch to the Super Eagles but the 19-year-old still representing England at the U-21 level is yet agree to the switch, even publicly rebutting his parent’s country of birth’s advances.


Iwobi who also made an international switch from England in 2015 admitted in an interview with Completesportsnigeria.com that he understands the difficulty Abraham may face in making a decision.

“Obviously it’s going to be difficult when you’re playing in your comfort zone, representing England,” Iwobi told Completesportsnigeria.com.

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“Some of these players have been raised up in England and they play for England. So that’s all they know.

“If I get through to him I could talk to him but at the end of the day it’s not my decision; it’s for him to decide.

“However for me switching, and Ola Aina as well it’s been great. Nigerians are very welcoming and you will enjoy your time. Personally I’d advice Abraham and others to switch because they will enjoy their time playing for Nigeria.”

Iwobi came off the substitutes bench to score Nigeria’s only goal against Zambia on Saturday to secure a berth in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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  • Alex Iwobi please save yourself the headache. He his not worth the “wahala”…

  • forget about him, we have qualities too

  • If Alex Iwobi,Ola Aina and Vict0r M0ses c0nvince him…! Think he’ll have a change of heart.

  • Leave him
    E go b like film for e eye when England go use am only once

  • Dear Iwobi. I don’t think he is better than ighalo,Obafemi martins, iheanacho nor onyekure. So please don’t convince him

  • Is nt even better dan Igahlo Kelechi Ehinacho

  • Is dis guy d best premier league player?? Pls forget him we have beta players dan him

  • No need to convince him he needs to convince us.

  • Is not better than ighalo or iheanacho but we need him, his still young

  • Just leave him. His case will soon be like that of John Fashanu, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jordan Ibe and co. who have become use and dump

  • Instead of Tammy, go convince Dele Ali

  • Maximus 4 years ago

    He is very much worth the wahala. We need the best. There’s a piece missing in that forward line. Tammy might just be it. So if we can get him to play for us it would juice things up. Making a switch ain’t gonna be easy. Iwobi sure understands.

    • charles emeka okwu 4 years ago

      Nice point bro. I think those saying that he shouldnt be reapproached are doing so out of anger cus he dished us earlier. Notwithstanding he is a massive talent who will add quality and depth to the team.

  • No need of convincing him after denying and rebuffing claim made by NFF president(Pinnick) nigeria is biqqer than any Player, if he wishes to represent 9ja afterwards, he should wait for another train/time, maybe after 2018 W/cup.
    Jordan Ibe is still on the corridor pleading to be invited again. Time waits for no man.

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      My dear brother, I share your sentiment until I realised that we won’t do well to throw away our baby alongside the bathwater. He is a Nigerian by the virtue of his parent. Again, we live in Nigeria and understand how things work here but there, life is not the same. John Fashanu is living with the regret of not playing for the Super Eagles when calls came to him. He was seeing from one side. Let us give Abraham another opportunity. Iwobi decision was easier because of the influence of his cousin (Jay Jay). Tammy is only seeing from one side for now.

      • Then, let John Fashanu tell him experience for refusing to play for his country when he was fit

  • We dont want again
    Just leave him, he made his choice so respect dah
    Ah pray he he doesn’t regret it, buh ah doubt he won’t….

  • Let wait and see how things goes on

  • All of u have spoken well but I think the boy also knows that if he change to nigeria citizenship now he may not make the team going to World Cup.where he has made a mistake is for him to openly reject nigeria.

  • Tammy Abraham is a flop. We don’t nid him

  • Convince solanke instead we need midfielder not striker

  • I am also looking forward to seeing that happen

  • Don’t convince him Jare.. I don’t think Super Eagles needs such a guy..

    My thought

  • Don’t blame these players, they’re actually in love with their country Nigeria buh they fear the administrative decay in the entire system of the Country…

  • Pls bro try n convince him to Nigeria we need those fresh blood lyk u to boost our country team if u huv opportunity convince Dele Ali too honestly I lyk dat guy

  • Well done iwobi, please we need more professional players in the super eagle to represent naija in Russia, we are the first Africa country to qualify and we will be the first Africa country to win World Cup

  • Y beg or convince him? He knows wot is good for himself and he is responsible for his decisions

  • Dont worry yourself.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    This guy shot himself in the leg by that open rebuttal. I know he was forced into making that statement because there’s no way he would deny not making some commitments with those photo evidences. He should count himself lucky because some players are dying to get what he secured on a platter of gold. England will use him in one two matches and throw him into dust bin. For him to remain perpetually relevant in Three Lions’set up, he must play week in, week out for his team. As a striker, he must score at least every other match and remain relatively free from injuries. Nigeria is a country of all weather. As long as he plays in the premiership (we don’t have many players playing in the EPL), he would always get his chance to feature for SE. Even if his coach doesn’t use him at the club level, Nigeria will always invite him after establishing himself in the Super Eagles. Carl Ikeme enjoyed this. Musa is enjoying it now, same goes for Echiejile and even Balogun at a time. Jordan Ibe would have been enjoying that now. If he has anyone who could talk to him, now is the time grab his chance.

  • There is no need to.. We got world cup ticket and we will not use that as bargaining tools…let him stick to England.

  • just leave him alone wee don’t .need,him

  • Dear Tammy Abraham .We glad to inform u that the
    Super eagles application portal is currently closed
    until after world cup. Don’t try applying

  • Even if he agree,he’ll have to wait till 2022 w-cup tournament bcus no space for him in the present squad

  • My dear stay in England ooo, make dem no come rubbish your carrier for You

  • Of most of the boys we need to play for us, i think its only tammy we need, the rest should hope on an england call up. My reasoning

  • jordon ibe is begging to return to super eagles after His denial attitudes,we don’t need tammy abraham again,let him go and join his three tigers or whatever they call it.

  • Victor Onyeanum 4 years ago

    From the way the young man made the rebuttal, one can deduce that he is too full of himself and arrogant. If he eventually switches to Nigeria, he may be a problem to the coaches, and by extension, the entire team. He may be a good player but we should not sacrifice discipline on the alter of being good. The day he made that rebuttal was the day I forgot him. Let all Nigerians also call his bluff. Nobody should beg him anymore.

    • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

      I don’t agree with you sir. I think he is hound and didn’t know how he would have handled the issue. You would even be surprise he was told what to say to the media. I feel we should forgive him and try to let him see reasons why he should play for Nigeria.

      • Temitope Adeola 4 years ago

        I don’t agree with you sir. I think he is young and didn’t know how he would have handled the issue well. You will even be surprised that he was told to say what he said to the media. I feel we should forgive him and try to let him see reasons why he should play for Nigeria.

  • Well..I’ll still blame pinnick for spreading d news…the boy is just 19, he’ll get scared. Anyway, I still prefer dessers to him sa

  • We need every Nigerian on board for the Russian project to succeed. Tammy Abraham is a young man that still need some adult to make decisions for him. Jay Jay Okocha convinced Alex Iwobi with a little help from the dad, Mr. Chuka, to ply his talent for Nigeria. Left for Alex Iwobi alone, it won’t have been easy. Its like you are playing for the under-17 19 team of Nigeria and the Gambia national team call you to come play for them. If you go it means you can no longer play the under-17 or under-19 of Nigeria again. What will you do? That is the dilemma this young man is faced with. It is never going to be an easy decision to make. Pinnick Amaju should be working on him via the dad. Remember the way these guys over there do their things. If the dad pressurises him too much, he can sue him not minding whether he is the dad. So daddy will play it cautiously. So as some of you have cool headedly advised, Iwobi, Victor Moses and even Mikel Obi should put mouth for the matter to convince Tammy Abraham. He is a talent and will be needed in the attack. Iheanacho is slowly dying off ad far as football is concern. Put your eyes down and you will notice this about Iheanacho. He cannot be relied on to assist Odion Ighalo. We need Tammy Abraham.

  • No need, let him push for England national team…. I’ll love to see another gabby agbolarhon

  • Alpha Steve 4 years ago

    If you see this young man play you will see January in him, go finisher and can position himself well, strong and quick. We need him as a good sub!!!

  • Pls don’t waist your time on him, Let him follow his mind

  • What we need are midfielders and deffenders expecially the leftback position.

  • Pls talk to solanke also.

  • Maybe after world cup he can start with Afcon 2019…

  • No need looking for him. He should be looking for us where he has a chance to play in the senior world cup next year. Very unlikely for him to go with England next year. Next stop is 2022. It may be too late then.
    With our ticket in our hands in Africa at the moment, we must expect a lot of players who will try to sneak back into the train to Russia from nowhere. Some who had voluntarily retired, some who have been lukewarm on call ups, some who bluntly gave excuses or refused to answer the calls up. We will see them all. Now we decide who is a lion from who is the sheep. It has been a while since Nigeria qualified for a tournament with a match to spare. No mathematical permutations no algebra equations. THOUGH we sure need to strengthen we still should be careful who is allowed in.

  • Olayemi 4 years ago

    There is time for everything the young man can still change his mind and decide to play for his father land. Give him sometimes more never too late.

  • christoph 4 years ago

    i honestly prefer cyril desser of Utrecht to tammy abraham that guy actually more clinical than him
    he should be adviced to do the right thing but allowed to make the decision by himself
    i may have been told what to say by the coaches in england dont be suprised