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NFF woos England starlet Tammy Abraham

Nigerian Football Federation chief Amaju Pinnick said on Wednesday he has had “ a positive meeting ” with Tammy Abraham as he tries to persuade the England Under-21 starlet to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles .

Pinnick told AFP he had met with the striker, whose full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo -Abraham , and his father over the matter .

“ I was with Tammy Abraham and his father in London last week and our meeting was positive , ” Pinnick said.

“ They have collected the forms and just the way we followed up with that of Ola Aina we would do same with Tammy.

“ I can tell you that his parents are excited about the prospect of the young lad playing for Nigeria, ” he said.

“ But we have to be patient because we have seen with the case of Ola Aina that the process is not automatic. ”

Nineteen -year-old forward Abraham , who is on loan from Chelsea to Swansea City, is one of the many British -born Nigerian players the NFF have been trying to persuade to switch allegiance to Nigeria.

He has featured for England Under-21 s and made five appearances for Swansea in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal.
Defender Aina, currently on loan to Hull City from Chelsea , has represented England at youth level but was this month cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria.

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