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Ugbo Dumps Super Eagles For Canada

RC Genk striker. Ike Ugbo has made a surprised u-turn by dumping the Super Eagles to represent Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team.

Ugbo, who had earlier indicated interest to play for Nigeria, was a two-time UEFA Youth League winner with Chelsea in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

He’s expected to join Canada this coming week in Edmonton, Alberta for the Concacaf final round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The striker, who plays at club level for Genk in the Belgian top-division, represented England at the youth international level and was eligible to represent Nigeria through his parents but has instead committed his future to the North American nation.

In a sensational turn of events, Ugbo was unveiled on Thursday evening as a new addition to the Canadian football family.

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“This is great news for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program and the country as he’s another young, top-level player with his best football years ahead of him,” said John Herdman, head coach of the Canadian national team.

“He’s chosen to be part of this exciting journey starting with FIFA World Cup qualifiers. We are looking forward to finally see him in that Canada red jersey.”

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WORDPRESS: 55
  • But we were made to believe he has applied to fifa before. So it was all a lie. Well ugno has no chance with Nigeria anyway. He must have seen the handwriting on the wall.

     
  • Highstar 1 year ago

    Ike Ugbo has been singing that he want to represent Nigeria, NFF is so unserious and held down by corruption. SMH

     
    • Tega 1 year ago

      We are not like the English peoples who would tie you down with a International cap when deep down we know you are not needed, Right now we are not lacking in the Attacking department, if Dennis cannot get a call up and he’s a regular in the Epl why should we then Favour Ugbo? Is it because he was born in Europe then we should count it as a privilege that he wants to rep us?

       
      • Michel 1 year ago

        Person wey onuachu dey bench for genk,this guy cannot even make our Olympic team,if not for the likes of pinnick and rohr that are busy begging every dick and Harry to switch nationality

         
        • When he wins Qatar world cup with Canada . He wil visit Nigeria. Visit sai baba with the cup picnic wil take foto with him . completesport wil put him in front page everyday. Lol

           
    • Sunkymat 1 year ago

      Nah everybody NFF go extend invitation to.

       
      • Yes as long as they are Nigerian and still applying themsleves at the highest level then it MUST BE SO!!!.

        That Question is best directed to Musa and Ighalo and Shehu because they are no longer competing at the highest Level. @Sunkymat Learn to direct your questions properly

         
  • Diran 1 year ago

    Congratulations Ike Ugbo. We are proud to welcome you to the Canadian men soccer team which is surely on there way to qualify for Qatar from the CONCACAF qualifiers. Canada has a golden generation of soccer talent right now and will be a force at the next world cup in Qatar. Hope to see you put on the red Canadian jersey in Edmonton. Cheers

     
  • Kelvin 1 year ago

    These foreign born are like sex workers, no loyalty.

     
    • Teejay 1 year ago

      No, they will play for the country that will appreciate them most in terms of their international career, otherwise they won’t be able to play international football again once they past their prime. 7

       
  • Tega 1 year ago

    Not good enough for us honestly, had to make the decision early because it looks likely that the Canadian team would be in the next world cup

     
  • It has begun. and will only get Worse. My prayers will go deep until Rohr and Pinnick Shake up We will loose more players. Eze will choose England because I am sure you all can see now that NFF and Rohr are just not following things up with papers and players switch and when they eventually do switch nothing happens,and stories are told about delays with FIFA when we now know is just rubbish, I posed this question a few months back in a debate about Lookmans Switch. I said Why are other countries Player switch so quick and Efficient but Nigeria’s case is always different well we now know the answer. Not just that Rohr is happy fielding Old legs instead of blooding in new talent. I mean for Goodness sake. Why did Rohr not use this boy what rubbish???. if this boy becomes a star tomorrow when Ighalo would have retired then, what did we achieve in terms of Longevity and continuity??. In fact I just hate Rohr

     
    • Dr Banks 1 year ago

      So tell us who will Ugbo replace in the SE at the moment? You just like to open your mouth yakata spewing rubbish all the time.

      You haven’t responded yet to my link on Victor Moses rejection of a come back call given him because you realised you are bereft of solid information

       
  • Chris 1 year ago

    It’s good for him because he will not be able to compete with the attackers we have at the moment. Good Luck to him.

     
  • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

    I will advise more players to ditch the current Nigerian team for a better country that will secure their careers. Nigeria is a failed state to me this is a good news for Ugbo, and more players should follow suit and not live in regrets of being mismanaged like Dessers and co. Nigeria’s corruption just started catching up with them. Some will say Ugbo is not good enough out of jealousy but he will progress and live a far better life than your Hates!

     
  • Thank God the real reason this foreign born players dump Nigeria is now becoming open……. Nigeria football is a movie filled with film tricks……Alot of shady deals going on in the secret…….Some players are very good at dancing the NFF dance hence their continuous national team caps……. A good example is this…… British home office granted 3 locally groomed Nigerian players (Awoniyi Dennis and Onyeka) a work permit recently but non of them got the work permit through the national team……. Presently only one of them is even in the national team……The national team caps are hijacked by players who do not have ambition to further their club profile Because of their lack of quality……..players prefer to do business with NFF and get loads of national team caps with nothing to show for it while those that need it to further their careers are deprived of it because they don’t have Godfathers……..This thread will reduce the quality of the national team and make us not to be able to compete at the world stage…….The real talented players are not exposed enough in the national team and when they are given a little playing time in the national team,they are under alot of pressure to perform or get dropped…….This is really sickening.

     
    • APT and SPOT ON. This is my terse reaction to your very much articulated points for want of better adjectives.

      Your arguments resonate with my thoughts as well.

      Honestly, reading a lot of people’s reactions to this news, I can’t help notice that many people in this country reason regressively.

      Statements like “We don’t need you…” and “the competition will be too much for him” are really backward to say the least.

      If you have a young chap like Ugbo who has constantly reiterated his desire to be capped by the Nigeria, knowing full well that the team is well stocked in that area, it should mean a lot to you if you’re a true SE fan with a sound mind. Where have we really gotten to or what have we achieved as a football nation to make us this haughty? This wasn’t a gimmick like Danjuma’s. He was really interested in the SE. He was indeed patriotic because Nigerian blood flows through his veins.

      Personally, this guy comes across as someone who’s ready to put in the work required to take him to the Zenith of his career whatever betides.

      If your son, a street football star, is found making such lofty wishes as “I want to play in the WC for the SE or for the Selecao”, if you’re a sensible parent, would you hush him or encourage him?

      Why are we so backward in this country?

      Despite our backwardness, he still wished to turnout in our colours. If that’s not honour, I don’t know what is.

      That guy may be at lowly Genk right now, but when he turns out in Barcelona’s colours tomorrow you people will start cursing NFF. We are still very immature as football fans in this country that’s why we always fail to see the big picture or focus on important things.

      A true fan of the SE and Nigerian FB in general will be seriously concerned about how we run football in this country and will be desirous of a wholesale change in this regard.

      I dare say, guys, that this Ugbo U-turn may not be unconnected to the illogical recall of Ighalo to the SE, and I wouldn’t blame him for that. This recall invariably means that the development of aspiring SE strikers mean nothing to the NFF. For me, Ighalo’s recall just smacks of technical and administrative incompetence.

      I’m sure he’s well aware of the pecking order and the players ahead of him, but he was ready to fight for a shirt. His parents wanted him to team up with the SE, but they also want the best for him; I’m happy they advised him well. No one will want his loved one inextricably involved with an organization that takes one step forward and three steps backwards.

      Canada will ultimately suit him well. Rohr/NFF recalling Ighalo is not a good decision going forward, and any normal person can see that.

      He was willing to team up with this generation of Nigerian footballers because of the promise they hold and the uniqueness of the Nigerian identity and for our football legacy, but the block heads at the NFF put paid to that and we’re here cheering them on albeit unwittingly.

       
  • Coache 1 year ago

    Animals that have horns? Snail came too! We don’t need you Ugbo before you say they took bribe for you to play for us. Ciao.

     
    • Chinenye 1 year ago

      You can’t be using the word “we”. Speak for your damn self

       
  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    This is how professionals do their things. Covertly and silently till it is all done and dusted. When Canada was convincing this boy to switch allegiance to them, we didnt see any pictures on twitter between him and their FA representative, we didnt hear of any news in the media, be it local or international. The whole thing was kept under wraps until it was done, sorted, dusted and ready for consummation.

    Per FIFA statutes on international switches, it is allowed for a player to pursue a switch to two federations, be it simultaneously or sequentially, which only means Nigeria wasn’t even in the running ab initio, yet we made the loudest noise and at a point were even told he has been cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria and wishes to play at AFCON…….LMAOoooo. Chai….I hail this our media people o…..LMAOOoo. Probably another case of using Nigeria to grab other countries’ attention.

    I wont be surprised if like Danjuma and Billing, this guys comes out in his very next interview to say he never said anything about representing Nigeria, the he is Canadian at heart……LMAOOooooo

     
    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      “…it is not allowed…”

       
    • Dr Banks 1 year ago

      @Dr. Drey never mind these Nigerian media guys that are fund of publishing fake news just for sensationalism to sell their paper, and many gullible guys that will just jump on such news without applying their mind to assertain the veracity of such news. Often times you will read a news from 9ja media where the title is completely out of tune with the contents. I watched one of Elegbetetv video where he said categorically that he can only count just about 5 sport journalist that can hold their own and knows what journalism entails in the whole Nigeria………..such indictment.

       
    • @DR Drey you are a BIG FOOOL!!!!!!!! Professionals. How professional was it to announce Tammy Abrahams and Bukayo Saka and Eberchi Eze converting before they committed. That’s why Tammy and Saka are now fully fledged England Internationals and the only reason Eze is not yet lining up for England is because of his long term injury. You see all this is because your God Father Pinnick couldn’t hold his trap and went to announce on twitter and Instagram that they are committing to Nigeria and you call that Professional.

      YOU ARE JUST A STUPID NUISANCE SUPPORTING EVIL LIKE A BLIND AND HEADLESS CHICKEN

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

        It is the animals that raised a drug addict like you that should be classed as BIG FOOLs. That is why you cannot read simple English and comprehend it properly.

        Because all you have just written here is a corroboration of all I am saying….LMAOOoooo

        It is very apparent, just as many others have observed, that you dont read peoples comments before vomiting whatever sewage your cigarette-soot-darkened brain tells your mind to vomit.

        When you have gone back to school to learn English comprehension, let me know

         
        • Now you are changing your tone because again you will always be reminded of your primitive mind. Your whole Family lineage are as good as street dogs in my books because I am sure that is where you were delivered under a dirty bridge in the slums somewhere in Togo where we all know you originate from Asshole onye eberibe!!!. hence your constant sabotaging of Super Eagles progress. sick in the head Dr Fraud

           
          • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

            `Hahahahaha….between you and I who looks, talks and sounds like an onye eberibe…LMAOOooo. Who has been biting trees and chewing stubborn grass with his teeth all week long….LMAOOoo. Who has been cursing and ranting off-points and incoherencies for days without number here….LMAOOoo. Even simple English you cannot read and comprehend because of your drug addiction…..LMAOOooo.

            As daft as you are, you are corroborating my position and still wrestling with the demons in you at the same time…..LMAOoooo.

            Once again, when you have gone back to school to learn English comprehension, let me know…..LMAOooo

             
  • pompei 1 year ago

    With Canada, he doesn’t have to deal with nonsensical characters hounding him, asking him to come and “see” them. His match bonuses and reimbursable expenses will be wired straight into his account, he will have access to high quality healthcare and welfare. All he needs to worry about is playing football, and he gets to do that on high quality pitches. Plus Canada currently have a golden generation, led by a certain Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich, and are well on their way to qualifying for the 2022 mundial.

     
    • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

      Even the guy that replaced Osimhen at lille is Canadaian and has been banging in goals for club and country. That Canadian team looking decent. He stood no chance with the strikers we have at the moment and was never given a chance too.

       
  • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

    He didn’t get a look in at all from the Nogerian national team even tho he stated that he wanted to play for Nigeria. This Canadian team looks set to qualify for the worldcup let by Alphonso Davis so if u ask me he made a very smart move for his career might even make a worldcup while Tomori and Abraha not even guaranteed.. I think he made a good choice but NFF are liars sha. How did Canada complete the switch so fast and we’ve been lied to since this guy was 21. Whoever is mad at this guy is a fool realistically can you blame him?

     
    • Dr. Drey and Dr Banks are very cheap people. I am new to this forum and I like your comments void of nepotism and straight forward. All the Dr on this forum are sick people and really need to stop taking cheap drugs.

       
  • Shuma 1 year ago

    The nff is full of incompetent people. Ike Ugbo wanted to play for Nigeria for the longest, even switched allegiance but didn’t get a call up. Now he chose to represent Canada. The nff be worrying about the wrong people, people here begging for Lookman. He was born in Europe so he has some sense. This team will be exposed

     
  • Mr Hush 1 year ago

    We all know the major problem to Nigerian football is the NFF.
    Pinnick led board is simply a sham. Pinnick is all show no substance. His selfish ambition drive would be the dead of our football. His ego wouldn’t let him see beyond his nose. His unprofessional antics has not only brought shame, in terms of payment of dues owed both players and the coaching crew but also at the international stage, where foreign born players who have supposedly switched allegiance are denying us.
    On the local scene , no one is talking about the league system and his shambolic state. Don’t get me started on the stagnation of female football.
    Pinnick is simply a sham. A pig with lipstick on. The problem is the pig is dragging the whole nation into his pen and the country is stained by his filth.

    The question arise, how many more do we lose ?

     
    • LMAO

      “Pig with lipstick on”..? Lola..where did that come from?

      Honestly, Nigeria football administration is a sham like the rest of Nigeria.

       
  • Abdul handsy 1 year ago

    Almost everything in Nigeria is fake and overhyped even when it is not even done yet.. why won’t he accept Canada with the Nigerian media being awashed with lies and fake news?

    Amaju Melvin Pinnick is never there for the sake of Nigeria football development cum Nigeria football aficionados’ happiness and joy rather for the sake of his personal pockets..

    It will take about 10years for any player from UK to switch to Nigeria but same thing is not even applicable while other countries-English eligible nationalities switch…

    Even before Pinnick led administration dream of the switch he would have told the whole world that the switch has already completed… I wonder how he manages the affairs of his own family with this his lack of composure and immaturity…

    Dem don dey tell us since since since say ovie ejaria, Lookman and akpom have started their switch but what have we heard recently? Lookman is just indicating to start, I just smile at this people mediocrity…

    Amaju is very smart when it concerns his personal gains and not Nigerian happiness… Amaju Melvin Pinnick? He is a very corrupt man!

     
  • Ako AMADI 1 year ago

    Ike Ugbo has nade a wise decision for his career. The striker places in Nigeria are overloaded, whst with Ighalo All so joining in. Poor lad had to look elsewhere.

     
  • NFF AND COMPLETE SPORTS ALONG WITH OTHER SPORTS NEWSPAPER THAT HAS BEEN SAYING HE WANTS TO PLAY FOR NIGERIA ARE ALL PEDDLING FAKE NEWS!!!

     
  • Augustine Olumoye 1 year ago

    ANY PLAYER HAS THE RIGHT TO PLAY FOR ANY COUNTRY OF HIS CHOICE. IT IS NOT EVERYPLAYER OF NIGERIA DECSENT WILL PLAY FOR NIGERIA.
    LET UGO GO OOO. WE DONT NEED HIM IN NIGERIAN SQUARD. STOP BLAMING SOMEBODY ELSE FOR SOMEBODY’S ELSE DECISION.

     
  • Larry 1 year ago

    An open letter to CSN stakeholders..
    Dear CSN stakeholders,
    After thorough evaluation of current state of our sports/football and possible ways to improve it, I thought it was important to make a formal request to CSN. Specifically, this message is directed to Chief Ojaegbese and Dr. Alao whom to me are pivotal to the greatest achievements we have had in Sports. Together with chief Odegbami’s weekly servo, you gave the country exquisite, incorruptible, and unambiguous reports,interviews,and investigation on major issues. The question is what has gone wrong ? These days, publications on major issues and reports are too misleading and lopsided.. Who are your reporters/stakeholders afraid of ( Is it Picnick, Roar, their agents, or all) ?..The standard of reporting by CSN has really headed South.. Why are we not getting direct interviews on pressing issues (asking those in authorities why some inactive players are always selected ahead of active ones in the same positions?, why are retirees in semi leagues being considered ahead of active players in top 5 leagues? Why is it taking so long to complete the change of nationality of our players ?)
    Considering, the perceived level of nepotism, corruption and irresponsiblility in our sports management & national teams specifically Super Eagles), When is CSN going to start digging into all these concerns and providing fans with the truth ?
    Although I believe taking actions to address my formal request to the what, why, who and when in this message is crucial to strengthening our sports,i have to state here that you are not required to consider my requests.
    My hope for a complete change in the ways things are done in Nigeria remains unwavering. I hope one day all karma catches up with the bad eggs (Bad and greedy leaders and their followers/hailers) ofthis country soon.

     
  • Ako AMADI 1 year ago

    Editorial error! Ike Ugbor didn’t “dump Nigeria” because he was never invited by the NFF.

     
  • Benakay 1 year ago

    I see people blaming the NFF and Pinnick for Ugbo’s decicion to play for Canada. Truth is that there was absolutely NO way he could have made the Nigerian team. I mean, who was he going to displace?
    Right now, all the SE strikers we have are better than him: Osimhen, Iheanacho, Onuachu, Awoniyi, Moffi, Umar Sadiq, Simy Nwankwo, Dessers and even Ighalo. This is the same kid who is playing as 3rd striker at KRC Genk (behind Onuachu and Theo Bogonda). How then would he have made the Super Eagles squad? The SE now has much more depth than any other time in our footballing history. Its extremely difficult for a player to get into the squad unless you are a superb player. Unfortunately for Ike Ugbo, he is not.
    So, his best bet was to play for Canada, where he has a much better chance of making their squad, since they don’t have the striking depth that Nigeria or England has. He was smart to see the writing on the wall and his management team made the right decision.
    All the very best to the young lad and wish him success in his international career.

     
    • Benakay 1 year ago

      **Correction: he is 5th striker at KRC Genk, behind Paul Onuachu, Theo Bongonda, Junga Ito and Joseph Painstil.

      That makes his case even worse!

       
      • Edoman 1 year ago

        For Ugbo, it is like, if one road closes, take another road. No one should blame anybody else for his decision to further his career. I wish him luck.

         
  • JimmyBall 1 year ago

    Guys this read in is interesting though… this wont be the first time allnigeriasoccer.com will be sounding Rohr`s connection with DW Sports Manageent Agency… One thing is clear, Super Eagles is some low key business venture for some people… we sidon the look!

     
    • Very revealing. I wish and hope a renowned sport journalist will investigate these claims. We need to expose worms causing the rot in our football as quickly as possible.

       
  • Afuye 1 year ago

    Yes, there’s a shady deal involving Rohr,Amaju P and DW sports. Nigeria has completely succumbed to corruption in all ramifications. It’s simply shameful

     
  • Okeosisi 1 year ago

    I think our problem is to look inwards and develop our football right here in Nigeria. Outside Rueben Agboola during Westerhof time, we did not need all these oversea born switches happening. Does it mean that we have resigned to fate that we cannot do things rightly again. NFF should look at our football development as it is very important. Nationally we feel so much inferior to oversea things. We can get it right. Are we going to hire Oversea professional president too? I don’t think those oversea born are better than Osimehen, Iheanacho, Ndidi etc. The NFF Chairman has dragged our football backwards so much.

     
  • pompei 1 year ago

    A look at DW Sports Management’s website shows that they have several SE players under contract, namely:
    Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi, Emmanuel Dennis, Oghenekaro Etebo, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Anderson Esiti, Bryan Idowu and Samuel Kalu.
    They also partner with Al-Shabab FC, Odion Ighalo’s current club.
    The article alleges that DW Sports is in the business of forcing players to sign PLAYER REPRESENTATION CONTRACTS, in exchange for national team invitations!
    Who is backing this agency? The article alleges that they have ties with Rohr.
    But for me, the more likely scenario is that the agency is backed by influential NFF officials, who use their influence to force players on Rohr from time to time.
    Or our worst nightmare may be true – that Rohr and NFF fat cats are collaborating in corruption.

     
    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      Rohr has NEVER, I repeat, NEVER hidden the fact that attempts are always made to impose players on him. In most of his interviews (be it in the print or electronic media), he always gives hints of such but always also hints that he always argues with them on the fact that “only the best Nigerian players should be featured”. Only the naive will think the man has always had a free hand…..it has always never ending battles (of all sorts) between him and the FA and we should count ourselves lucky that he his still managing to keep the ship afloat till now.

      The height of it was the NFF even brazenly including control of callups in black and white in his contract, while some hate-filled ignoramuses who cannot see beyond their nostrils where rejoicing at those terms in the contract claiming the suggested those clauses to the NF, thinking by that, they have seen the back of their enemy Gernot Rohr…..LMAOooo.

      As much as I know, its not only DW sports that has had multiple players called up to the national team. A certain Elite Project Group Management company as well as ICM Stellar Sports Group has also had multiple clients called up to the SE too. Are we going to say these ones have ties to Rohr too…? Are we going to say their clients dont merit call ups to the SE too. If I were Gernot Rohr and truly own stakes in DW sports, then not only the likes of Etebo, Kalu, Musa, and Simon will the forgone conclusions in terms of call ups in my SE team. Others like Emmanuel Dennis, Henry Onyekuru, Anderson Esiti, Bryan Idowu, Savior Godwin and Samson Tijani too who are with the same management team will never miss a match day without making it to camp. Even though this isnt in anyway to absolve him of absolute complicity.

      However, these allegations are all subject to be investigated, but by whom…??? By the same NFF who forced their ways into control of player invitations to the national team…? In the words of Mr Elegbete, whom I have come to respect so much of late, Rohr only becomes a bad coach (even when results and scorecard proves otherwise) in the eyes of journalists only when he refuses to play players they “recommended” to him.

      We all know all these humdrum about Rohr over the years has been a case of whose bread has been buttered or not due to his continued stay.

       
      • GLORY 1 year ago

        @ Drey bravo for this write-up.
        I have chosen to be less expectant anyway, because everything about Nigeria football/sports and even Nigeria as a whole, has totally become not only a sham but also riddled in such disgusting satanic secrecy.

         
  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    So Ademola Lookman has finally acquired his Nigerian passport and hence can officially be recognized as a Nigerian now, affirming his eligibility to play for the Nigeria.

    I have always wondered how FIFA would clear a player who doesnt carry the passport of a nation to play for that country when all these news of FIFA clearing this boy to play for Nigeria were being thrown around, when the requirements and processes for switching international allegiance are CLEARLY stated in English language in FIFA statutes.

    Obviously, most our media houses and officials are clearly as ignorant as the people they intend to educate and are too lazy to get themselves informed.

    We keep hearing so and so has been cleared, so and so has been cleared and a year later the same individual is still ineligible to play. We make too much noise over what is not yet done and sorted and instead of our journalists placing calls to those who are involved (the players, the agents, the FAs, and even FIFA themselves) to inquire about these things, they keep circulating the same fallacies all over the place and granting yeye “Exclusives” of what even an elementary school kid knows about Nigerian football via text messages with the same set of individuals every week.

    Issues regarding players eligibility are CLERALY stated in Articles 5-8 Part III of the Regulations Governing the Application for change of Association in the FIFA statutes.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160509164416/http://resources.fifa.com/mm/Document/AFFederation/Generic/02/78/29/07/FIFAStatutswebEN_Neutral.pdf
    A player “…may, ONLY ONCE, request to change the association for
    which he is eligible to play international matches to the association of another
    country of which he holds nationality….” So just as we have been misled so far with respect to Lookman’s switch, we have also always been misled about Ike Ugbo’s switch because there was no way he would have been allowed to switch to Canada after having previously applied to switch to Nigeria. Nigeria seemed not to be in the running all along.

    Apparently, Lookman’s switch is only about now nearing its final approval and completion, having just obtained his Nigerian passport. Fifa will NEVER clear any player to represent a country who’s passport he/she does not carry. Because in the first place before every international match (friendly or competitive) all players are expected to present their passports to the FIFA appointed match commissioners for verification of their eligibility.

    No wonder Elegbete stated without recourse to anyone, that in Nigeria today, there are only just about 5 sports journalist who are worth their salt.

     
  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    So Ademola Lookman has finally acquired his Nigerian passport and hence can officially be recognized as a Nigerian now, affirming his eligibility to play for the Nigeria.

    I have always wondered how FIFA would clear a player who doesnt carry the passport of a nation to play for that country when all these news of FIFA clearing this boy to play for Nigeria were being thrown around, when the requirements and processes for switching international allegiance are CLEARLY stated in English language in FIFA statutes.

    Obviously, most our media houses and officials are clearly as ignorant as the people they intend to educate and are too lazy to get themselves informed.

    We keep hearing so and so has been cleared, so and so has been cleared and a year later the same individual is still ineligible to play. We make too much noise over what is not yet done and sorted and instead of our journalists placing calls to those who are involved (the players, the agents, the FAs, and even FIFA themselves) to inquire about these things, they keep circulating the same fallacies all over the place and granting yeye “Exclusives” of what even an elementary school kid knows about Nigerian football via text messages with the same set of individuals every week.

    Issues regarding players eligibility are CLERALY stated in Articles 5-8 Part III of the Regulations Governing the Application for change of Association in the FIFA statutes.
    web.archive.org/web/20160509164416/http://resources.fifa.com/mm/Document/AFFederation/Generic/02/78/29/07/FIFAStatutswebEN_Neutral.pdf

    A player “…may, ONLY ONCE, request to change the association for
    which he is eligible to play international matches to the association of another
    country of which he holds nationality….” So just as we have been misled so far with respect to Lookman’s switch, we have also always been misled about Ike Ugbo’s switch because there was no way he would have been allowed to switch to Canada after having previously applied to switch to Nigeria. Nigeria seemed not to be in the running all along.

    Apparently, Lookman’s switch is only about now nearing its final approval and completion, having just obtained his Nigerian passport. Fifa will NEVER clear any player to represent a country who’s passport he/she does not carry. Because in the first place before every international match (friendly or competitive) all players are expected to present their passports to the FIFA appointed match commissioners for verification of their eligibility.

    No wonder Elegbete stated without recourse to anyone, that in Nigeria today, there are only just about 5 sports journalist who are worth their salt.

    scorenigeria.com.ng/ademola-lookman-moves-a-step-closer-to-joining-super-eagles/

     
  • GLORY 1 year ago

    @ Drey bravo for this write-up.
    I have chosen to be less expectant anyway, because everything about Nigeria football/sports and even Nigeria as a whole, has totally become not only a sham but also riddled in such disgusting satanic secrecy.

     
  • Nosakhare 1 year ago

    Please the EFCC and ICPC should beam their search light around the NFF and sports ministry especially as it concerns our national team welfare and switch of nationality.

    1. Should I pay money to switch nationality so as to represent the Nigeria National teams (especially the Super Eagles) and make her proud as a foreign born? If yes, what are the legal fees and to whom?

    2. Are SE players not entitled to their match bonuses and allowances?

    3. Who audits the financial records and statement of account of the NFF and sports ministry? and when was the last audit conducted?

    CSN, EFCC, ICPC … over to you sir!

    Nigeria Football Fans and Supporters are worried!

     
  • When he win Qatar world cup with Canada . He wil visit sai baba with the cup . Pinnic wil take foto with him with the cup.lol