Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has warned that he won’t be begging Bukayo Saka for allegiance, as the Arsenal’s talented winger is yet to decide whether to play for England or Nigeria.
Saka who is having a breakthrough season with the Gunners after making a senior debut in 2018, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles and the English Three Lions.
He was born to Nigerian parents and has also played for the English team at age grade levels.
“There are many players that play like Bukayo Saka in Nigeria. We don’t want to go begging any player,” Pinnick said.
“It is about ardour and fervour. If a player has decided for Nigeria and only want to be assured that he would be much welcome, we will come in and provide that assurance.” Added Pinnick.
Former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie, who was born in Uzbekistan but chose to represent Nigeria, says the NFF are on the right track.
“I’m a believer that anything forced or manipulated in life never ends up good,” Odemwingie told ESPN.
“The choice must come from those players. As they said, the door is open, but it has to come from their hearts and it has to be full commitment without looking back,” he said.
Saka recently admitted that he is facing a “tough choice” when it comes to his international future, but will decide when the time is right.
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