England-born Sheyi Ojo Declares For Super Eagles

Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo has declared his readiness to represent Nigeria in senior international football if called up.

The 22-year-old who is currently on loan at Scottish Premier League side Rangers FC, was born in England to Nigerian parents and saw club teammate Joe Aribo make a goal scoring debut for the Super Eagles against Ukraine last month.

And despite having represented England 43 times across all youth levels, the left-footed forward says he is willing to follow in Aribo’s footsteps and “switch allegiance to Nigeria”.

“I’ve made it known that I am willing to switch allegiance to Nigeria. I’ll be glad if I am called up because just like Joe Aribo I also want to play for Nigeria at senior level.

“It’s up to the coaches to decide on calling me up all I have to do is to keep doing my best at Rangers ” Ojo who won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with England in 2017 told Owngoalnigeria.com.

Ojo, who has scored one goal and bagged two assists in six appearances for Rangers this season is the latest foreign-born Nigerian to declare for the Super Eagles and follows in the footsteps of William Troost-Ekong and Ola Aina who are mainstays in the squad.

His willingness to don the green of Nigeria will come as good news for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and head coach Gernot Rohr who have mounted concerted efforts to convince foreign players with Nigerian heritage such as the Chelsea duo of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to consider turning out for the country.