Following the below par performance of his wards in the last AFCON 2022 qualifying matches against Sierra Leone last month, Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has added Fulham defender, Tosin Adarabioyo to the list of growing ‘diaspora’ players in the team.
The Franco/German tactician has been under intense criticism for overlooking the homegrown players in preference of Nigerian players born abroad.
Adarabioyo has represented England at several youth levels but not in any competitive game or tournament making his case of wanting to switch allegiance to Nigeria a lot easier than it’s supposed to be.
It usually takes around a year to get clearance from FIFA for English youth internationals willing to switch allegiance but Adarabioyo’s case isn’t expected to be that complicated as it is similar to that of Alex Iwobi.
Iwobi only needed to prove that the games he played for England youth teams were not competitive games before FIFA allowed his switch to go on, same could happen with Adarabioyo.
According to reports, Adarabioyo may complete his switch to the Eagles by March and will be one of four players who will be added to the team to help them in cementing a spot at the AFCON.