Obafemi, Okafor May Still Qualify To Represent Nigeria Under New FIFA Nationality-Switch Rule Pending Approval

August 21, 2020
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Nigerian-born players who have featured for other countries could yet wear the green and white colours of the Super Eagles of Nigeria following a new proposal by FIFA to help players switch eligibility and represent their second national team, reports Completesports.com.

Southampton’s Micheal Obafemi and Red Bull Salzburg ‘s Noah Okafor are players who can take advantage of the new rule and still play for the Super Eagles.

They have made one appearance each for Republic of Ireland and Switzerland respectively.

The new rule, if approved by the 211 national federations under the world soccer ruling body, will also see other African countries benefit from it.

The new rule, if approved, will let players switch eligibility if they played a maximum of three times for the first national team – including tournaments and qualifying games, before they turned 21, and at least three years earlier.

The proposal gives hope to players who are eligible for multiple countries but fell out of favour at their first national team, where they are bound after just a single minute playing in a competitive game.

It will take effect next month once It is approved at the FIFA congress on September 18 in Zurich, Switzerland.

A FIFA working group has tried for more than two years to shape the new proposal.

The proposal however bars nationality switch for any player who has played at the FIFA World Cup, European Championship, African Cup of Nations or any other Confederation competition.

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