Ademola Lookman, a former England junior-team player, has been cleared by FIFA to play for the Nigerian Super Eagles. This was confirmed by the Nigerian Football Federation on Friday, adding that application of Leicester City FC player which has been approved, will enable him to switch national football allegiance.
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Ademola Olajire, who is NFF’s Director of Communications confirmed this to newsmen on Friday, adding that Lookman’s application was approved on Thursday, 10th February, 2022, according to message received from Emilio Silveiro, FIFA’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.
“The request made by the NFF for a change of association of the player Ademola Olajide Lookman is accepted.
“The player is (now) eligible to play for the representative teams of the NFF with immediate effect,” Olajire quoted Silveiro as saying.
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He also quoted NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, as lauding the record-time approval granted the application by the Federation with regards to Lookman’s desire.
“We sent in the application on Wednesday night after putting all the necessary documentation together. We are happy to receive the approval today,” Sanusi had said while reacting to the development.
Only in December of 2021, FIFA also approved NFF’s application for the switch in allegiance for Ashleigh Plumptre to represent Nigeria internationally. Both Lookman and Plumptre had represented England at various junior cadres.