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Chelsea-Owned Striker Confirms He Has Opted To Represent Nigeria Over England, France

Ike Dominique Ugbo, on loan from Chelsea. Chelsea-owned striker has confirmed that he has pledged to represent Nigeria over England and France, and he’s now working towards acquiring clearance from FIFA.

He was signed as under-10 and although now a striker. he spent majority of his schoolboy years playing different positions.

It was reported that Ike has started the process of filing a one-time change of association which is important as he previously played competitive matches for England U17 national team, and he’s hoping the paperwork is completed before Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Benin and Lesotho.

The Nigeria Football Federation have been monitoring the progress of Ugbo for almost three years, having held secret talks with the striker in London before the Super Eagles Pre-World Cup friendly with Serbia in March 2018.
If the paperwork goes through, Ugbo is hoping to represent Nigeria at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“The paperwork is not quite in order yet, but my agent is working on it. Playing a World Cup is every footballer’s dream, isn’t it?” Ike said.
The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances in top flight at Belgian club Cercle Brugge.
 After Victor Moses and Ola Aina, Ike became the third former England U17 international with a connection to Chelsea to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria,

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