Just as Super Eagles fans are coming to terms with the loss of another budding talent with the invitation extended to Queens Park Rangers playmaker Ebere Eze by England’s U21 manager, following the decision of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to team up with the Three Lions last month, the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has provided a new twist to the international saga.
The midfield wizard has been in superb form for QPR with his talents frequently drawing comparisons with Nigeria legend, Austin JJ Okocha.
Pinnick has however urged Nigerians not to lose hope in seeing the Eze play for and probably become the skipper of the three-time African champions in the future, even if present circumstances appear otherwise.
“I have been talking to him (Eze), I speak to him every day, I speak to his father, I speak to everybody. He’s an excellent player, he loves this country that I can tell you,” Pinnick told ChannelsTV.
“He is a young player, he wants to be given a bit of time but I talk to his dad, I talk to him, I’ll meet them soon in London, we cannot allow such a talent to go.
“And he even told me jokingly, ‘President I want to be the captain of Nigeria someday’, I was so excited about that and said, ‘Why not, you play like Jay-Jay, Jay-Jay was captain so you can be another captain’.
“He loves this country, I don’t think we want to allow that talent to go.”
Rangers Number 10 star Eze has scored six goals and provided the assist for another four in 16 appearances for his club side in the EFL Championship this season.
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