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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Young star: Nigeria wants U20 Ademola lookman to play for his country

Everton's Ademola Lookman celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Romelu Lukaku

Everton's young star, Ademola Lookman has been wanted by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to play for his country rather than playing for England.


The England born moved to Everton from Charlton earlier this month in a deal worth £11m. 

Ademola who is 19-year- old scored just four minutes into his Toffees debut against Manchester City on Sunday and has caught the attention of Bewarang, who succeeded the late Shaibu Amodu as NFF's technical director in July.


According to Bewarang, "I saw him against Manchester City and I was excited to see a young player of Nigerian descent shine, so I thought why not."


"It is the duty of the national coach, Gernot Rohr, to invite players to the national team, but we will help him check Lookman's eligibilty."


Nigeria have previously succeeded in snapping up former England youth internationals like Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi and Alex Iwobi for the Super Eagles.


Bewerang is hoping that such an illustrious list could help convince Lookman to play for the three-time African champions.

 


"We've managed to get players like Moses and Iwobi in the past and Lookman will be a great addition to the national team if we got him."


"We have a young side, the new coach is building a strong squad and having some youngsters from the Premier League, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi could help his decision, and added that he is not desperate to see this happen but we will give it a shot."
 
Lookman scored 12 goals in 49 games for Charlton, who were relegated to League One at the end of last season, also won five England Under-19 caps before making three appearances for the Under-20s, scoring once.
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