Nigeria’s interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has explained why he included former England Youth international, Ademola Lookman into his squad for the Ghana clash.
Lookman, 21, who won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with England in 2017, switched allegiance to represent the Super Eagles and will likely make his debut against Ghana this month.
Nigeria are guests of the Black Stars at a yet to be named venue for the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on March 25 with the reverse fixture set for the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja four days later.
Nigeria has strikers spread across top leagues in Europe but Eguavoen has opened up on why he included the Leicester City forward in his squad.
“Even before Ademola Lookman was listed I was in Leicester, we had a conversation three days before the league game so his responses to me also informed whether he was going to be in the list or not,” Eguavoen told Elegbete TV Sports. “If his responses were negative I would have been a little bit hesitant as well.”
Lookman has played 19 games for Leicester City this season, scoring just four times without an assist.
He is one of the seven English Premier League players invited by the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation.