FIFA clears England youth defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, to play for Nigeria

January 4, 2022
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The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has cleared a former England defender in the English youth national, Ashleigh Plumptre, to play for Nigeria’s national team.

The Nigerian-born defender in Leicester female team, had played in the junior national team of England in international tournament but resolved to play for Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons, in subsequent international football competitions. Defender Ashleigh Plumptre is, accordingly, expected got her unofficial invitation to the Super falcons in July 2021.

The Director of Communications of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, in a media interaction on BBC Sport Africa, declared “we are happy to receive Ashleigh’s official clearance from FIFA.

“It was only possible because of her commitment and dedication. “She made the federation’s work a lot easier by providing all the requirements in quick time.

“Ashleigh personally approached the English FA directly to get the required international clearance from that end.”

Olajire said that Plumptre will others likes Michelle Alozie, Patricia George, Nicole, and Toni Payne, who switched national allegiances from their European bases to Nigeria.

Plumptre is a Nigerian national through her father, having a paternal grandfather’s Nigerian descent.

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