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9 Top Players Who Switched Allegiance To Play For The Super Eagles Of Nigeria

Nigeria’s abundance of naturally talented footballers cannot be overstated, as these stars distributed across European and Scandinavian leagues are making and turning heads week after week.

Nigeria is one of the countries in which the majority of its qualified players are naturalized or born in other countries.

Following Leicester City striker Ademola Lookman’s decision of allegiance to play for the Nigeria Senior National team, the Nigerian Super Eagles side received a significant boost.

Here are some Nigerian superstars that switched allegiances from other countries to play for the Nigeria Super Eagles:

  • Omatsone Folarin

Omatsone Folarin, also known as “Sone Aluko,” is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country’s minor teams.

Aluko played for England at the under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels before earning his England under-19 debut against Belarus on September 11, 2007.

Aluko was named in the Nigerian U-20 national football team’s squad for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt after completing his switch of allegiance process. He represented Venezuela, Spain, and Tahiti in games.

  • Foluwashola Ameobi

Former Newcastle striker Foluwashola Ameobi is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country at the youth level.

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Between 2000 and 2003, Ameobi played for England’s under-21 side for three years, scoring seven goals. Ameobi has scored eight goals for the under-21s.

Ameobi expressed interest in representing Nigeria in late 2009.

[56] He was named to Nigeria’s national team for the first time on January 14, 2011, for a friendly against Guatemala in the United States in February.

  • Victor Moses

Victor Moses, a former Chelsea and current Spartak Moscow winger, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country at the youth level.

Despite his Nigerian roots, Moses chose to play for England’s under-16 team, winning the Victory Shield in 2005.

Nigeria’s 23-man team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations was named after Moses’s two penalties in Nigeria’s last group stage game against Ethiopia, which they needed to win to advance.

  • Cyril Dessers

Cyril Dessers, a Feyenoord striker based in the Netherlands, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country at the youth level.

Dessers chose to represent Nigeria internationally after being born in Belgium to a Belgian father and a Nigerian mother.

He was called up by Nigerian national team head coach Gernot Rohr on March 4, 2020, as part of the squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Sierra Leone.

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  • Leon Balogun

Leon Balogun, a defender for Rangers Glasgow, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country at the youth level.

Balogun, who was born in Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother, was called up to replace Joseph Yobo for a friendly against Mexico in March 2014.

  • William Troost-Ekong

Troost-Ekong, the Watford and Super Eagles captain, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country’s minor teams.Troost-Ekong

elected to represent Nigeria over the Netherlands at the under-19 and under-20 junior levels [3].

On June 13, 2015, he made his senior international debut for the Super Eagles, appearing in an AFCON qualifier against Chad for 90 minutes.

  • Ola Aina

Ola Aina, a defender for Torino and the Super Eagles, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country’s juvenile teams.

Despite representing England in the under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels, he was named to Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in May 2018.

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  • Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi, a midfielder for Everton Football Club, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country at the youth level.

Iwobi began his career with England as a young international, winning the Victory Shield in 2011. In 2015, Iwobi played 11 times for England as a child, but in 2015 he decided to join the Nigerian national team. In a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium on October 8, he made his senior debut for the Super Eagles, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute.

  • Kevin Akpoguma

Kevin Akpoguma, a defender for the Super Eagles and Hoffeinham, is among the players who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level despite having previously represented the country’s minor teams.

The rock-solid defender played for Germany’s U16, U17, U18, U19, U20, and U21 youth teams.

He led the German U-20 national team to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015.

Nigerian national team coach Gernot Rohr announced on September 21, 2020, that Akpoguma had switched allegiances to play for the Nigerian national team.

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