Chelsea Striker Set To Switch Allegiance To Nigeria
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is set to play for Nigeria at the international level after featuring for England U21.
Abraham is currently on loan at Swansea and has played all five matches so far for the English Premier League club.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick said he has met with the 19-year-old and his family in London, while papers have been submitted to FIFA to begin the process.
"They have collected the forms and just the way we followed up with that of (fellow Chelsea player) 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," Pinnick told AFP.
"But we have to be patient because we have seen with the case of Ola Aina that the process is not automatic."
With full name as Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, he joined Chelsea in 2004 at the age of seven and progressed through the club’s academy system.
He played his first professional game for Chelsea when then manager Guus Hiddink brought him in to replace Bertrand Traoré in the 74th minute as Chelsea played a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on 11 May 2016 at Anfield.
Abraham then played his first EPL game at Stamford Bridge in another 1-1 draw against Leicester, replacing Traoré.
He was loaned to Bristol City for the 2016–2017 season where he scored 23 goals in 41 appearances.
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