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Battle before battle: Nigeria, Ghana battle over Genk defender ahead of World Cup battle

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Mujaid Aliu Sadick

The Ghana Football Association and Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) are reportedly making moves to lure Genk defender Mujaid Aliu Sadick to play for their respective country in this month’s potentially epic World Cup play-off.

Mujaid was born to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother and therefore is eligible to play for both countries.

The 21-year-old was born in Spain and thus could nationalize for the European country as well.

According to sportsworld publication in Ghana, the NFF have begun  talks with the Belgium-based center-back.

Nigeria are said to be working on getting Mujaid Aliu to pledge allegiance alongside a host of other Nigerians born abroad before their World up playoff clash against Ghana in March.

Mijaid has represented Spain at youth level, Under 17 and Under 18. He joined Genk last summer from Deportivo La Coruna and has played 17 Jupiler League games scoring twice.

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Www.sportsvillagesquare,com recalls that in the past there have been players of Nigerian origin who played for Ghana and also those of Ghanaian extraction who featured for Nigeria.

In the past there have been players of Ghanaian origin who played for Nigeria. Among them were Cudjo William (1951) Fred Aryee in the 1960, Yakubu Mambo in the 1970s, John Benson, Orlando John, Leotis Boateng, Annas Ahmed among others in the 1980s.

Ganiyu Salami, a Nigerian played for Ghana in the 1963 and 1965 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations before switching to Nigeria and featured for the then Green Eagles at the Mexico ‘68 Olympic Games.

Abdul Razak, fondly known as ‘Golden Boy’ is speculated to be of Nigerian origin and believed to have his roots in Kwara State.

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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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