Super Eagles wait on FIFA for Aina clearance

Nigeria Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye has confirmed the national team are waiting on FIFA to clear Chelsea defender, Ola Aina, to play for the Super Eagles.

The British-born right-back is an England youth international but has Nigerian roots from his family. The 20-year-old, who is contracted to the Blues but is on loan to second tier Hull City in 2017/18, has agreed to represent Nigeria at senior level.

The player is in coach Gernot Rohr’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in early September. However, Ibitoye says he is uncertain whether the young star will be given clearance to feature in either encounter by the world governing body.

He told, “Everything is done regarding documentation. All district FAs in the United Kingdom have agreed to his switch even the player himself has written to all parties about the switch.

“The ball is now in the players status committee of FIFA, ‎and anytime from now they are expected to meet and since we have submitted all relevant documents there shouldn’t be any problem.

“This week is a possiblity but we are also wary that it could also happen before our second game against Cameroon. It’s as good as done from our ends and that of FIFA won’t be much of a problem.”


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