The Nigeria Football Federation has explained why Lookman Ademola was not called up to the Eagles camp for AFCON 2022.
Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC OF England has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level, according to a statement released on the NFF’s official Facebook page.
The statement is as follows:
“Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC OF England has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level. The process for his switch is ongoing.
“It is therefore incorrect for any medium to claim that interim Head Coach Austin Eguqvoen is the one who axed the player from Nigeria’s final list of 28 for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021. However, his name was included in the initial provisional list with the believe that the process would have been completed before the commencement of Afcon.
The 24-year-old had previously represented England at the U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels, and was instrumental in the U-20 World Cup victory in 2017.
Lookman applied in October to change his allegiance to the country of his parents’ nationality.
This prompted former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to include his name on the preliminary list for the African Cup of Nations, which will be held in Cameroon in January 2022.
Ademola Lookman has been in excellent form for Leicester City recently. On December 28, 2021, he scored the game’s only goal as Leicester City defeated Liverpool.