9 Players who switched allegiance to Nigeria

Changing nationality isn’t a new thing in Football. Many players switch nationality from their country of birth to their parent’s with the hope of fulfilling their parent’s desire or personal ambition. There are lots of players from Brazil, Spain, England and all round the world who have switched nationality and represented their heritage instead of their country of birth. Here are some players who switched allegiance to Nigeria.

1.Lookman Ademola

players who switched allegiance to Nigeria

Ademola Lookman Olajade Alade Aylola Lookman simply known as Lookman Ademola was born in wandsworth London. Although Ademola Lookman  represented England U-21 football team, he’s been cleared by FIFA to play for the Nigerian national team after applying to switch allegiance from England.

2.Ola Aina

Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa Aina is a professional footballer who plays as a wing-back for Serie A club Torino. Although Ola was born in London Borough of Southwark, United Kingdom and Eligible to play for the three Lionsof England, he chose to play for the Super eagles of Nigeria instead.After a rigorous application to switch allegiance, he was finally granted the application by FIFA.He can now represent the super eagles.

3.Ovie Ejaria

Oviemuno Dominic Ejaria was born in sothwark London to Nigerian parents.He plays as a central defender for reading and the England youth team. He was a part of the England U20 world cup winning team. The world football governing body cleared Ovie Ejaria to play for Nigeria after applying to switch allegiance from England.

4.Jordan Torunarigha

players who switched allegiance to Nigeria

Jordan Torunarigha is the son of Ojokojo Torunarigha, a former Nigerian national team player.Unlike his father, Jordan was born in Chemnitz Germany and he played for the German youth national team from  2012 -2018. He represented Germany at the U16, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels. He was also a part of the 2021 germany Olympic team in which he made 3 apppearances. According to owngoal Nigeria, he’s been cleared to play for Nigeria.

5.Kevin Akpoguma

 Born to a German mother and Nigerian father, Akpoguma represented his country of birth, Germany at youth level, playing for the U16, U17, U18, U19, U20, and U21 teams.

He was the captain of the German U-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On 21 September 2020, Gernot Rohr announced that Akpoguma has switched allegiance to play for the super eagles of Nigeria. He made his debut on October 9, 2020.

6.Noah Bazee

players who switched allegiance to Nigeria

Noah is a German-born Nigerian footballer who plays as a right winger  FC Augsburg in Germany. Noah is eligible to represent Nigeria through his father and Germany through his mother. He has been approached by the coach of the Nigerian football team coach Gernot Rohr, to switch his allegiance to Nigeria.

7.Joe Aribo

Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo was born in Camberwell England. Aribo played for Staines Town under Marcus Gayle in the Isthmian League Premier Division, winning the club’s academy player of the year award in April 2014. Joe plays as Midfielder for the super Eagles of Nigeria

8.Sone Aluko

Omatsone Folarin “Sone” Aluko was born in Hounslow England. Aluko represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level before making his debut for the England under-19 team on September 2007. Aluko was named in the squad for the Nigeria under 20 national football team for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He played in games against Venezuela, Spain and Tahiti

9.Semi Ajayi

Oluwasemilogo Adesewo Ibidapo Ajayi born to Nigerian parents in Crayford England, Ajayi began his football career as a youth product of the Charlton Athletic academy. At the end of May 2013, Ajayi was called up to the Nigeria U20 squad for their 2013 Toulon Tournament matches. Ajayi received his first call up to the senior team in August 2018 for 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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