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President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the football governing body has reopened talks with Eberechi Eze, a player of Nigerian origin who features for the Queens Parks Rangers.

The NFF boss made the disclosure in a Channels Television sports programme. Eze once trained with the Super Eagles in March 2017 in a botched friendly match with Burkina Faso in England.

The match could not hold as seven of Burkina Faso players were unable to get the British visa.

But since, Eze had featured for the England U20 in at least seven friendly matches.

England are also in contention for his allegiance, after calling him up for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania.


”I have been talking to him (Eze), I speak to him every day, I speak to his father, I speak to everybody. He’s an excellent player.  He loves this country that I can tell you”, Pinnick remarked on Channels Television.

”He is a young player, he wants to be given a bit of time but I talk to his dad. I talk to him. I’ll meet them soon in London. We cannot allow such a talent to go.

”And he even told me jokingly, ‘President I want to be the captain of Nigeria someday’, I was so excited about that and said, ‘Why not, you play like Jay-Jay, Jay-Jay was captain so you can be another captain’.

“He loves this country, I don’t think we want to allow that talent to go,” Pinnick said on a Channels TV sports programme.

Eze’s performance has called for attention after scoring six goals and rendering four assists for QPR this season in 16 games.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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