Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina has urged the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to not ignore Nigerian-born players abroad for a call for participation to the national team.
Aina played for English youth teams but committed his future to the Super Eagles. He argued that as long as any player has Nigerian roots, they ought to tend an opportunity to display their prowess within the national team. He was speaking against the background of Ovie Ejaria’s decision to play for Nigeria.
“If you’ve got the roots and from Nigeria, you ought to be welcomed to play for Nigeria, nobody should be felt like they’re ignored ,” said the Torino of Italy player.
He explained that he switched to Nigeria with the realisation he wouldn’t have the prospect to play for England.
“England was never getting to give me an opportunity to play for the senior team, that’s the difference. Nigeria gave me the pathway to play for his or her senior team,” Aina said in an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media Team.
“I probably would have made it there at some point but Nigeria told me I can make it here now, it had been a no brainer .”