Nigeria can’t beg Abraham, Tomori to play for Super Eagles – Kanu

Former Super Eagles Player Nwankwo Kanu has blown hot over the issue on Tammy Abraham and Fisayo Tomori playing for Nigeria.

Kanu while reacting to the incident mentioned that the players have a choice to make and Nigeria should move on from the disappointment offered by the players, after they were being called upon into the English squad.

Nigeria can’t beg Abraham, Tomori to play for Super Eagles – Kanu

Gareth Southgate rewarded the pair for their fine start to the season by naming them in his squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria later this month.

Former Arsenal favourite Kanu insisted Nigeria should “move on” and still had enough top players to cope with missing out on the two Premier League stars.

“That’s football and I think we have enough quality and we can win matches without them,” he said.

“We can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.”

Abraham, 22, who has won two caps for the Three Lions in friendlies against Brazil and Germany in 2017, had flirted with switching his international allegiance to the country who he qualifies for through his father.

Centre-back Tomori, 21, is also eligible to represent Nigeria and Canada at international level.

Nigeria Football Federation officials had repeatedly tried to convince Abraham to change his international allegiance but he looks set to slip through their grasp by playing a competitive match for England.

In the past the Super Eagles have convinced players like Victor Moses and Sone Aluko, who played for England at youth level, to represent the West African nation.

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  1. These players have a responsibility for the club that pays them. It is therefore, their choice to decide whether to play for Nigeria or not.
    It should be remembered that Mikel Obi lost his position, and eventually his job with Cheslea Football Club, because of his allegiance to the Green Eagles of Nigeria, after playing for Nigeria in Brazil, while snubbing the team that feeds him and his family.
    When teams have crucial matches to play, they need all their best players intact. Therefore, my advice would be for Nigeria to prepare her home grown players in the event of any disappointment from their “foreign” players.

  2. He said the truth, however want to play should play with joy and be greatful he did play for his country. Abraham is just too proud

  3. Edygirl let him be proud for his achievement is not easy. If you are to be in his position you will do same. Who Nigeria help???

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