Pinnick Wants More Overseas-Born Players To Represent Eagles
Amaju Pinnick Wants More Overseas-Born Players To Represent Nigeria
President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has revealed plans to persuade more overseas born players with Nigerian roots to play for the country.
The West Africans have succeeded in persuading some of such players to represent them, but have also lost some others to their countries of birth.
Pinnick was speaking in a television interview when he posited that he and his board have already begun talking to the said players, with the aim of convincing them to represent Nigeria.
“One example of our mid-term plan is that we have about twenty Nigerian players playing in the premier league but you’ve not seen them feature but we are talking to them already and we have to make them understand that they have to play for Nigeria. That is our medium term,” he said.
Nigeria have succeeded in luring the likes of Shola Ameobi, Sone Aluko and most recently, Hope Akpan to play for them. But they have also lost the likes Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sidney Sam, and David Alaba to their countries of birth and Pinnick has stressed their commitment to convince some more players with Nigerian roots but born overseas to represent the reigning African champions.