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NFF Reveal Why Ademola Lookman was omitted from AFCON Squad, Eguavoen never Axe the Player from Nigeria’s final list of 28

By Emmanuel Oladele - The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has revealed the real reason for omitting Leicester City forward Ademola Lookman from Nigeria's final list of 28 for the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, contrary to the news being circulated by some media outlets in Nigeria that the England born forward was axed from the Nigeria's final 28 list by the interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen.

A statement released on the official social media page of the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday revealed that, "Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC OF England has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level. The process for his switch is ongoing. 

It is therefore incorrect for any medium to claim that interim Head Coach Austin Eguqvoen is the one who axed the player from Nigeria’s final list of 28 for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021.

However, his name was included in the initial provisional list with the believe that the process would have been completed before the commencement of Afcon.".

It's now clear that the premier league forward was not included in the list because he's still in the process to switch International allegiance which has not been completed with FIFA. Recall, Ademola Lookman was born in Wandsworth, London to Nigerian Parents and has represented England U19, U20 and U21. He will need clearance from World Football Governing Body FIFA, before he can feature for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. It's also now clear that Eguavoen never axed the inform Lookman from the final list of 28 for 2021 AFCON as claimed by some media outlets in Nigeria.

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