New Super Eagles sensation Brian Idowu could be sanctioned after he opted to represent Nigeria.
The Amkar Perm of Russia defender made his Eagles debut as an halftime substitute during Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Argentina and scored the third goal in an impressive comeback win for the team however the 25-year old could now lose his nationality status as a Russian because of that.
Russia don’t support dual nationality for citizens meaning that he will have to sacrifice his Russian citizenship if he plays for the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a competitive game.
Idowu, who has been vocal about playing for Nigeria at the World Cup, will first renounce his Russian citizenship before obtaining a Nigerian passport and that means he would lose all the benefits he enjoys as a Russian at his club.
According to football rules in Russia, a maximum of six foreign players can only be fielded by a club at once in a league game.
If Brian Idowu turns out for Nigeria competitively, his Amkar Perm club will be at a disadvantage due to the fact that they will lose a Russian citizen.