Following the spate of last minute change of mind of previous Nigerians of foreign descents, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr may have ruled out the possibility of Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka joining the Super Eagles ahead of the busy qualifying matches next year.
According to ThisdaySports neither the top echelon in the NFF nor the Franco/German tactician, Gernot Rohr, is interested in the latest romance with another Nigerian player abroad apparently due to the embarrassment the moves had caused the federation in the past.
The report has it that a top ranking backroom staff to the Super Eagles said that Saka’s chances of making it to the Super Eagles are slim as the NFF is not keen on moving for him.
The staff reportedly confided with the Opera news that although there could be moves for the winger in the future, the general feelings among the chieftains including coach Gernot Rohr is that he should be allowed to continue his development at Arsenal as it would be too early to rush him into international football.
’’There are so many players of Nigerian descent that we are looking at and Saka is one of them.
“However, a move for Arsenal starlet is not the priority now because we have some players in the team who are also technically gifted. With due respect to Saka, players like Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu and even Moses Simon who are playing same roles as him are doing well now.
“It is hard to believe that the Arsenal player is better than them. He’s still young; he still has plenty of time and Rohr really likes him but he feels it is not time to bring him in,” the staff remarked.
Earlier in the week, Saka had given hints regarding his desire to play his international football for Nigeria despite featuring for England at the junior levels.
The starlet who broke into the Gunners first team this season is hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Alex Iwobi who pledged his allegiance to the country of his parents and became a mainstay of the Nigerian team.
However, the 19-year-old said in a recent interview that Nigeria was yet to contact him on the possibility of changing his nationality and our correspondent reliably learnt that the NFF would not make a move for him now because eggheads at the Glasshouse believe the winger is not ripe enough for the Eagles.
Recently, the duo of Chelsea teenage stars, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are on the watch list of NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick and was in contact with their parents but both players changed their mind in the last minutes and joined the Three Lions of England.
Many more players are on the watch list of NFF except the the federation will not want to face the public embarrassment in the event the players chose to play for their preferred country of growth.