Highly-rated Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was born in England, but he’s eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian parents.
The 18-year-old’s performances this season has raised his profile, and he’s in contention for Gunners’ player of the season.
However, having signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates, Saka’s international future is a subject of debate.
Over the years, some players of Nigerian descent born in England have switched allegiance to the Super Eagles, and there have been reports that the Arsenal youngster could be the next in line.
But speaking in an Instagram live interview with the Super Eagles account, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, hailed the qualities of the England born Nigerian but insisted the football Federation won’t beg him to play for Nigeria.
“Saka is an excellent prospect, but we have other players in his position who are playing so well.
“We have talents everywhere so we won’t beg people to play for Nigeria. If it’s their desire and they merit it, they’ll be given the chance to represent Nigeria.”
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