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Nigeria targeting Chelsea striker

2017-09-08 20:00
Tammy Abraham (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Nigerian Football Federation hope to convince Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to choose the Super Eagles over England.

The London-born marksman, 19, has been loaned out by Chelsea to Swansea City for the season.

He has played for England at the U18, U19 and U21 levels, but remains eligible to represent Nigeria through his father, who is close friends with Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick.

Pinnick told the media this week that Nigeria are to increase their efforts to get Abraham to switch his national team allegiances.

"We are working on getting Abraham," Pinnick said. "Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighbourhood.

"So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do."

Abraham, whose full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, was in the England squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland, where he scored in the semi-final against Germany, although England were to lose on penalties.

After scoring 23 goals in 41 games last season on loan at Bristol City in the English Championship, the teenager will have the chance to represent Nigeria - who are just a point or two away from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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