- Ovie Ejaria is reportedly willing to play for the Nigerian national team
- The Liverpool star is currently on loan at Reading
- NFF President Amaju Pinnick confirms that the player’s paperwork is being processed at FIFA
The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria has shown his readiness to play for Nigeria.
Ejaria who was born to Nigerian parents in England trained with the Golden Eaglets in 2013 but, failed to make the squad that won the U17 Fifa World Cup in United Aram Emirates that year.
Former Super Eagles media officer Colin Udoh had earlier stated that a source hinted him that Ejaria has committed to Nigeria, adding that, paperwork was already with FIFA, and Nigerian passport needs to be renewed.
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And barely 24 hours later, the Amaju Pinnick attest to the development saying the player has agreed to play for Nigeria.
“Yes, he (Ejaria) has agreed to play for Nigeria,” Pinnick told ESPN.
"His documents have been sent to FIFA since.”
The 22-year-old has previously represented England at the U-20 and U-21 levels. He is currently on loan at Reading in the English Championship.
Ejaria becomes the latest in an army of players born and raised outside Nigeria who will wear the Super Eagles’ colours at senior level. Currently, those players make up nearly half of Nigeria’s starting XI.
They include William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi.
Recent acquisitions who are yet to make an appearance are Dutch Eredivisie top scorer Cyriel Dessers and Bundesliga defender Kingsley Ehizibue. Both were called up for the first time by Rohr before matches were suspended.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has denied giving preference pass on Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria over Queens Park Rangers star Ebere Eze.
The German tactician was reacting to some reports linking him with a statement where he was alleged to have said he preferred Ejaria in his team to the QPR star.
In a statement on Wednesday, December 10, Rohr described the purported online report as 'totally false and very disrespectful' while maintaining that he harbours respect for both players.
"My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers' Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately," he said.
"This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question," the 65-year-old further clarified."
Rohr also denied telling the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to hand Ejaria invite ahead of Super Eagles' next match.
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