The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are on the radars of Chelsea star Ike Ugbo following Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori’s snub.
Concise News had reported that Nigeria were interested in making the Chelsea duo ditch England for the West African nation where their parents hail from.
However, England coach Garry Southgate called them up for the team’s Euro 2020 qualifiers this weekend.
The NFF are monitoring Ike Ugbo’s progress in Roda JC in the Netherlands’ second division where he is on loan at from Chelsea.
Some officials of the NFF were at Roda’s game last on Friday where Ugbo scored his fifth goal of the term in De Koempels 2-1 win at Telstar.
Ugbo has played for England at youth levels but is yet to make a competitive showing for Chelsea.
Nigeria Not Missing
A former Super Eagles assistant Coach Fatai Amoo is not bothered as Chelsea duo Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham dumped Nigeria for England.
According to Amoo, the country is blessed with enormous talents and as such would not be hit by the development.
“We are now putting the horse before the cart and that is why we are always looking for players born abroad with Nigeria root,” he told Brila FM.
“We put ourselves into this situation because I believe we have qualities that are better than Abraham and Fikayo in the country.”
Amoo noted that with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis who was named in the UEFC Champions League team of the week, Nigeria should not be worried about the Chelsea duo.
“Seeing how Osimhen and Dennis are playing in the UEFA Champions League has shown that Nigeria is blessed with talents and they have not seen anything yet from Osimhen and Dennis,” he added.
“So we should not lose sleep over the decision of Abraham and Fikayo to play for England. We all know those that made this kind of decision in the past and they were latter dump by England.
“So, Nigeria should forget about them and focus on the players we have. No need forcing anyone to play for Nigeria.”
Nigeria will take on Brazil in a friendly clash on October 13th at the Singapore National Stadium.
The country had in September played a 2-2 draw with Ukraine; their first match after winning the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.