- Ola Aina says he chose Super Eagles because he was convinced enough
- The defender had played in the youth ranks for England
- Aina started his career at Chelsea before joining Torino
Super Eagles defender Ola Aina has made it clear that it was not an easy decision for him to ignore England national team and settled for three-time African champions Nigeria.
Ola Aina was born in England to Nigerian parents and has played in the youth ranks for England in which there was high hope that he would choose the Three Lions.
But Ola Aina snubbed playing for the country where he was born and decided to play for his parents' nation which is Nigeria.
While speaking on Instagram live video, Ola Aina explained that Nigeria came to him at a time when he was not playing regular football and had to pick the Super Eagles.
“I think it wasn’t an easy decision for me because Nigeria came as at the time i wasn’t playing regularly for England.
“England contacted and told me to just take my time and never rush into making a decision. They said it was better I took my time and leave the opportunity open.
“I didn’t choose Nigeria because it was easy for me, i chose to play for Nigeria after i had enough thinking time and i felt it was a right decision. I just felt convicted to play for Nigeria.” the defender explained.
Despite being named in the 30-man preliminary Super Eagles list for the 2018 World Cup, Ola Aina was unable to make the final 23.
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However, he was recalled by Gernot Rohr for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt where Nigeria won bronze medal.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how former Super Eagles forward Chinedu Obasi has claimed that his refusal to pay bribe was responsible for his omission to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
In an Instagram chat with Kelechi Benard, the 33-year-old forward who played for Bundesliga giants Schalke as at that time lamented the ordeal, saying he was sad.
Although he was not part of the team that played the World Cup qualifiers as at that time, Obasi stated that he was offered a chance to be part of the party to Brazil if he paid bribe.
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