Nedum Onuoha has revealed reason why the NFF misses out on capping Anglo Nigerian footballers, saying that lack of a proper database is a big factor.
The Nigerian Federation most times come second in the race to cap Anglo Nigerian youngsters and most recently they’ve failed in their pursuit for Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, Chelsea’s trio of Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Fikayo Tomori and Spur’s Dele Alli.
The 2012 premier league winner believes the NFF lacks a database that has details of players with dual nationality and if they eventually get to know of the player it’s always too late.
“One thing I find with some players who could play for Nigeria I feel the Nigerian Federation pick them up too late because as you said yourself if you are in England and the letter comes to say you are going to play for England you are just going to be playing for England,” Onuoha said on his podcast.
“But in the same time if a letter came from Nigeria and England then you have a decision to make, most people don’t get offered that decision until probably it’s too late and then the perception is that they just want to go this way or go that way.
“I don’t understand how they can miss so many players sometimes.
“I feel with England if a player has potential to be able to play for England and he’s currently playing in Kazakhstan with a Kazakhstani name but he’s got like English grandparents, England know about it and he’s in the system straight away but I feel that’s not the case back home”.