NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) officials have expressed delight about the fact Leicester City winger Ademola Lookman will now be eligible to feature for the Super Eagles having been cleared by Fifa to represent the country.
Lookman, 24, is currently on a season-long loan spell at Leicester City where her is playing alongside compatriots Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Currently contracted to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Lookman spent last season on loan at Fulham but despite his blistering form, he could not prevent the Cottagers from getting relegated.
Last season, Lookman, who has played for England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels, made 35 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League. His blistering form at Fulham prompted the NFF to step up its pursuit of the player but the process took longer than anticipated and was not finalised until yesterday.
Because Lookman has played for the England youth team before, he needed to go through a Fifa switch before he can play for Nigeria. Now that he is cleared, the winger will be eligible to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming World Cup play-offs against Ghana taking place next month.
NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire, said: “We are excited about this positive news because it comes as a major boost for the national team. He’s now eligible to play for Nigeria starting with next month’s matches but a decision whether to invite him or not is the sole responsibility of the coach.
“Lookman is a great addition to the Super Eagles and after a long wait, we are delighted that he can finally play for us.” Lookman has scored five goals in 22 appearances since joining Leicester City on a season-long loan from German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in August.