FIFA, the world’s governing body of football, has finally granted Ademola Lookman’s request to change his nationality.
Lookman was born and raised in London, through his parent’s nationality he is eligible to represent the Super Eagles.
Since 2017, former Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has been attempting to persuade Lookman to join the Super Eagles.
During the African Cup of Nations qualifying tournament in October 2021, the 24-year-old asked to convert his allegiance to the country of his parents’ nationality, and former coach Gernot Rohr placed his name on the initial provisional roster.
NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun in 2020 told the BBC: “We are aware of Lookman’s desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it.”
Despite the fact that he has mostly played from the bench this season, the former Everton youth product has been involved in eight goals in 22 appearances for Leicester City.
This is a positive developments that will be welcomed by Augustine Eguavoen and incoming head coach Emmanuel Amuneke.
The pair will be tasked with putting the Eagles’ AFCON exit behind them and qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar in November.