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Queens Park Rangers Star, Ebere Eze, Wants To Be Super Eagles Captain
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Queens Park Rangers Star, Ebere Eze, Wants To Be Super Eagles Captain

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that the federation is doing everything possible to get QPR star, Eberechi Eze, to commit his international future to Nigeria.

Ebere has been getting the headlines with his performances for the London club in recent months, causing many to request that he get a call-up to the Nigerian national team.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, in a recent chat with Osasu Obayiuwana, revealed that one of his assistants has made contact with the player's family.

In confirming that the moves were being made to get the youngster to represent Nigeria at the senior level, Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, disclosed that he has spoken with Ebere and his father.

In an interview with Channels Television, Pinnick assured Super Eagles fans that they were doing everything possible to get the 21-year-old to switch allegiance to Nigeria while also revealing that the player once mentioned that he would like to captain Nigeria.

"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 said.

"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."

The midfielder, who has been compared to Nigerian legend, Jay Jay Okocha, has been called up by England's U-23 side for their Euro qualifier against Albania and luring him away from his country of birth could become more difficult for Nigeria if he begins to feel he has a future with the Three Lions.

Pinnick is expected to travel to London soon where he would meet up with Eze and his camp to try and finalize talks on his international future.

Eze, who has scored 6 times and assisted 4 goals in 16 games for Queens Park Rangers in the EFL Championship this season, had trained with the Super Eagles before in March 2017, although the friendly match against Burkina Faso which he was called up for was cancelled.