NFF given a nod? As Super Eagles-eligible Premier League stars react to Nigeria's AFCON triumph over Cameroon.
The Super Eagles' triumph over Cameroon in the AFCON knockout stages has been met with gleeful reception by Nigerians in the homeland and the diaspora.
Nigeria has a thriving diaspora community, with millions spread across the world. This has sometimes meant that talents of Nigerian descent like Bukayo Saka and David Alaba end up representing other countries.
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José Peseiro urges Super Eagles to eat Pasta ahead of the AFCON 2023 clash against Angola.
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Emilio Nsue's penalty miss during Equatorial Guinea's loss to Guinea in the 2023 AFCON quarterfinal proved costly as the Elephants were knocked out of the competition
However, others, like the Man of the Match against Cameroon, Ademola Lookman, who represented England in the youth ranks, Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi, and Ola Aina, who were also eligible to represent the Three Lions, have opted to don green and white.
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While many of these players prefer to represent foreign nations, as they identify with the countries they were born in, lack of immediate opportunities has seen them transfer allegiance to Nigeria.
Super Eagles-eligible players react to win over Cameroon
While Nigeria has lost out on talents like Saka, Jamaal Musiala, and Karim Adeyemi to England and Germany, respectively, young stars like Noni Madueke, Lesley Ugochukwu, and even an older one like Dominic Solanke remain poachable, and the named trio have recently shown interest in the affair of the Super Eagles.
The Premier League stars are following Nigeria’s exploits in Ivory Coast, and after Peseiro’s side dumped out neighbouring Cameroon, they, in elation, took to their Instagram stories to share celebratory posts.
Madueke was part of the England contingent that recently won the U-21 Euros; Lesley Ugochukwu is a France U-21 international; and Solanke, possibly the easiest to convince, is 26 and has only registered an appearance for England, which came in 2017, seven years ago, leaving him eligible for a switch per FIFA rules.
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Asamoah Gyan seemingly trolled the Black Stars of Ghana team having been impressed by one Super Eagles star at AFCON 2023.
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Nigerians have trolled some of Africa’s football legends after the Super Eagles knocked out Cameroon at AFCON 2023.
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Victor Osimhen has expressed his happiness with the win over Cameroon and insists the team has not played their best football.
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Moment of joy filled the Super Eagles dressing room after securing a comfortable win against rivals Cameroon.
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Super Eagles defeated Cameroon in their round of 16 tie to book a place with Angola in the quarter-finals.
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Victor Osimhen was pipped to the man of the match by Ademola Lookman but got his flowers from Victor Boniface and CAF.
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Nigeria's Super Eagles players are not ready to back down as they display unity and determination for future battles after the win over Cameroon.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria dominated Cameroon, running out 2-0 winners, thanks to another tactical masterclass by Jose Peseiro.
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Alex Iwobi couldn't quite match the football brilliance associated with his Jay Jay Okocha lineage for the Super Eagles against Cameroon.