Abuja - Nigeria have received clearance from FIFA for
Chelsea defender Ola Aina to make his international debut in the World Cup
qualifier against Cameroon on Monday.
Coach Gernot Rohr said Aina, who can play at right-back or
left-back, could now line up in Yaounde as the Super Eagles look for a second
victory in four days over Cameroon.
"FIFA have approved Ola Aina who can now play for
Nigeria," Rohr said in Uyo where Nigeria thrashed Cameroon 4-0 on Friday
to take a giant stride towards qualification for the finals in Russia.
Aina, who is on a season-long loan at English Championship
side Hull City, was scouted by the Super Eagles to fill a gap in the full-back
The player was born in London to Nigerian parents. Although
he has a Nigerian passport, he has represented England at various junior levels
and so needed to apply to change his international allegiance.
Rohr had hoped to use Aina in the first clash against Cameroon
but the FIFA clearance did not arrive in time.
Nigeria have nine points from three matches in Group B in
Africa zone qualifying, while Cameroon remain on two points.
Zambia and Algeria have a point each and meet on Saturday in