By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are looking for a replacement for Odion Ighalo, they have their eyes set on in-form Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
They are currently trying to convince 21 year old Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham commonly known as Tammy Abraham, to switch his allegiance from the Three Lions of England to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
NFF President Melvin Amaju Pinnick has already made contact with the England born striker.
He is an England youth international, and has featured in non-competitive fixtures for the senior team.
However, he remains eligible to represent Nigeria through his paternal lineage and was in the past sounded out by the Nigerian Football Association.
Abraham’s father is a close friend of Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick.
On September 21, 2017, Pinnick claimed that Abraham had switched his allegiance to the Super Eagles.
The player issued a statement that same day denying the claim and reaffirming his availability for selection for the English team.
After his first England call-up in November 2017, the player said there was never any prospect of him choosing to play for Nigeria.
But the NFF President thinks there is still hope to get the player to represent Nigeria as long as it is still possible.
“We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country and win laurels. We will keep talking to good players of Nigerian descent to play for their fatherland,” Pinnick said.
“But like you know these kids are very independent minded. In fact, we have been told to wait till April 2020, when he hopes to make a final decision on the matter.
“I told him that he stood a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England, which has a galaxy of strikers of English stock.”
Abraham has 25 caps for England at the U-21 level, scoring nine goals for them.
He made his England debut in a friendly against Germany in November 2017 and played against Brazil a week later.
However, since he has not played a competitive game for England at senior level, he is still eligible to play for Nigeria.
Abraham has scored four goals in six games for Chelsea this season in the English Premier League.
He played under current England Manager Gareth Southgate with England’s U-21s, so it will not be surprising to see him make a quick move for the player who is in increasingly hot demand.
If the Three Lions’ den delays, the Eagles’ nest is waiting.
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