Efforts of the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick to secure the services of Nigeria-born England junior international Tammy Abraham to play for his father is gradually yielding dividends.
Abraham who is on loan at Swansea from parent club Chelsea has played for England Junior Three Lions at all levels but has never been invited to the senior team.
Abraham who is a Nigerian descent caught the eye last season when he netted 26 goals for English Championship side Bristol City on loan from Chelsea. England and Nigeria quickly swung into action in order to capture the wonderkid Abraham who starred in England’s U-21 team.
19-year-old Abraham was born in London but remains eligible to play for Nigeria due to his dad’s nationality and having not yet won a first-team cap for England.
“I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week,” said Pinnick to nff.com
“It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England. He and his parents have started the necessary documents to effect the switch.
“Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles. With his talent he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad, by God’s grace we make it to Russia, then he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland.”