Chelsea defender, Ola Aina, has finally been cleared by world football governing body, FIFA, to represent Nigeria at senior level.
The youngster, who recently joined championship side, Hull City on loan from Premier League champions, Chelsea, had applied to FIFA seeking to switch allegiance from England to Nigeria, despite having played for England at various youth level.
According to reports, the process for the 19-year-old’s application was delayed by the English FA, who were contacted by the world governing body.
Consequently, Aina, who was with the national team of Nigeria, Super Eagles, ahead of their friendly match against Senegal in London earlier in the year, missed the all-important AFCON qualifier against South Africa, an encounter Nigeria lost 0-2.
However, the wait is over as Aina can now fulfil his dream of representing Nigeria at senior level, after he was cleared by FIFA, meaning the versatile defender could finally make his debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier later next month against African champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
This latest development will be welcomed by Super Eagles coach, Franco-German, Gernot Rohr, who now has the green light to hand a call-up to the young defender.
Rohr sees Aina, who has been sent out on a season-long loan move by Chelsea, as one of the solutions to the problematic full back positions in the team.