NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has come out to say that Crystal Palace’s Ese will not be begged to play for the Super Eagles.
Eberechi Eze has a decision to make as regards to where his international future lies. He’s eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Three Lions of England.
After seeing several of Eze’s stellar performances with the South London side, the Nigerian football chiefs reiterates that they want him to play for the Super Eagles, but say they will not ‘beg’ him.
The 22-year-old remains eligible to represent Nigeria at senior level despite representing England at the U21 level.
In 2019, the NFF president (Amaju Pinnick) had a conversation with the former QPR youngster with the aim of convincing him to pick Nigeria over England.
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi told ESPN that the Nigerian Football Federation have taken the needed steps in making Eze play for his father land by approaching him, but the final decision lies with the London born.
Akinwunmi said: “His parents, I believe, said he is just starting his career so we should let him establish himself and then they would take it from there.
“It appears to me that he would want to play for Nigeria, but again, there is a lot of pressure on these players who play in England.
“There is a lot of pressure on them to play, even if it is once for England. We would keep talking to him if he wants to play; we don’t beg anyone to play for Nigeria. We would just ask him again and if he is willing to, he would be invited.
“We see him, we think he is a good player. He is a Nigerian, he is entitled like any Nigerian playing anywhere to play for Nigeria.”