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Pinnick: I’ll Get Abraham To Switch From England To Nigeria

Pinnick: I’ll Get Abraham To Switch From England To Nigeria

By Hanifat Mustapha: 

Nigeria Footbal Federation President Amaju Pinnick is still intent on persuading Swansea City teenager Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles rather than England senior team.


Pinnick told BBC Sport he has a close relationship with Abraham’s father and he is hoping he can help with his bid.

“We are working on getting Abraham, Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighbourhood,” Pinnick said.

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“So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do.”

Pinnick believes that the performance of the Super Eagles can persuade players of Nigerian descent to return home to play for the country in the future.

“You take a first look at the team and you see players like William Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi, Kelechi Iheanacho and now we have Aina as well,” Pinnick added.

“I believe we are so blessed and that this team will cause a big stir in Russia, and if not in Russia, in Qatar in five years’ time.”

Abraham, 19, who was born to Nigerian parents, has already played for England in the U-21 category but can still make the decision to switch to the Eagles because he is yet to play for the England senior team.

Last season, Abraham scored 26 goals in 48 games on loan at Championship club Bristol City.

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  • Henry Israel 4 years ago

    I give a lot of credit to the NFF chairman, Mr. Amaju Pinnick for his dedication, sharpness and commitment to development of football in Nigeria. What has particularly caught my attention is his proactive stance and ability to plan well in advance taking into focus his goals.
    I have listened to him talking football; he exudes pure passion for the game. Little wonder Nigeria has again found its footing in African football and once again turning into a force to be respected and feared by African opponents.
    This brings to mind the super eagles play leading to 1994 World Cup. Well done, Mr. ‘Fix-It’ Pinnick. Under his watch, so much has been achieved within a short time. Can anyone recall the last time critics call for a Nigerian Coach for the national team? When results are the clear indicators for measuring success nobody talks about where the Coach comes from.
    Coach Gernet Rorh has changed the face of our, once ailing, national team by injecting foreign players of Nigerian descent and bringing discipline and professionalism back to Super Eagles. This is the sole handiwork of an NFF chairman with vision. Nigerians witnessed some of the best attacking football ever played by Nigerians in Chile; when Amunike filed out a wonder-set of U-17 players that Won the Cup for the Fifth Time. To me, this was the toughest of Under 17 championship ever, and the best assembled Nigerian side ever in my over forty years of analysing our national teams. The Rio Olympic team Captained by Mikel was success; taken against their poor motivation.
    The reasons for this write-up today are few, to congratulate the Coaching crew of Super Eagles, the players themselves and Mikel’s leadership, NFF board, Ministry of Sports, the media and Nigerians for their collective efforts that have produced this cohesive, cracking, revving, attacking machine nick-named Super Eagles. Whilst Nigerians are still in the euphoria of celebrating the humiliation handed-down to arrogant Cameroon, our perennial soccer adversary, I would draw our minds back to some glaring lapses that could have reversed these victories.
    Our eagles have started flying again but not yet near perfection. The defence line has tremendously improved, especially with the coordination of Balogun & Ekong in the heart of defence, but there is still a most undesirable weak link which the South-Africans and Cameroonians exploited. It is so visible; like a sore thumb.
    PThe left wing back is tired and failing all the time. This is to draw the attention of Coach G. Rohr and Nff Chairman to extend their search for a left-sided defender as well with ability to run the flanks and equally plug away the gaps visible there. Once Eagles get this right, with some luck, I dare say, it would be unstoppable in the coming months and in Russia especially.
    Abraham Tammy! Nigeria boast of a growing goal-machine in this young man, a great attack minded player – we need him in the team to give more options in our attack,but above all a solid defence will restore balance and confidence in the team going forward.
    I have made my point. We must not leave out Bazee,the Nigerian-German born striker from this squad.
    Now, what are the Zambia’s chipolopolo bringing to the table? Its just less than three weeks.. Nigerians know the politics and tricks of the African football; we must play it with them.. See you there!

  • Truthbearer 4 years ago

    O boy you better stay with England o! You wan come suffer.

    • Ebuka Patrick 4 years ago

      How will he suffer @Truthbearer? Is he greater than other super eagles players? I don’t think you are a Nigerian?

  • @truth bearer. Your advice to the young man is a lie. Who do you think in the present 3 lions team can Tammy displace. Maybe Harry Kane? Maybe Rashford? Who???? So I will give you a new nickname ‘lie bearer.’ Tammy is a Nigerian born in England does not make him an Englishman in the real sense. Moreover his chances of going to the world cup is guaranteed with Nigeria.