NFF sets sights on Everton Striker, Ademola Lookman
Everton’s new kid on the block, Ademola Lookman, is in the plan of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Technical Director Federation, Bitrus Bewarang, has said.
Bewarang, who was reacting to the Lookman’s rave performance at Everton is optimistic that the youngster will pledge his international future to Nigeria rather than his country of birth, England.
The Southwark-born striker has been sounded out about the possibility of representing Nigeria at senior level, and a source informed that he would love to continue playing for the English youth teams for now, with the next big event on the FIFA calendar, the U-20 World Cup, on the horizon.
Bewarang insisted that Lookman is in the plans of the Nigeria Football Federation and a call-up to the Super Eagles appears imminent.
“The Super Eagles coach has been combing Europe for youthful players and players on current form who are playing for their clubs, ” said Bewarang.
“We will soon start the African Cup of Nations qualifiers; most of these players will be exposed. We are taking the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers seriously. ”
He added: “I saw Lookman against Manchester City, he scored a beautiful goal. We are taking note of him because he can be called up.
“Selection is done by the coach; we will try to draw his attention to the player if he doesn’t know him already.
“We have to talk to him and convince him to play for Nigeria, it’s a good development for Nigerian football.”
The 19-year-old Lookman first played for England at U-19 level before he was promoted to the U-20 squad.