Lookman says it was easy dumping England for Nigeria as he eyes Ghana's scalp on Tuesday
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Lookman says it was easy dumping England for Nigeria as he eyes Ghana’s scalp on Tuesday

Super Eagles new boy Ademola Lookman has revealed the ease at which he quickly jumped at the opportunity to play for Nigeria instead of England.

The Leicester City forward who was born in London to Nigerian parents played a total of 31 games for England U19, 20, and 21 teams.

Despite his appearances in the aged-grade teams for England, Lookman switched his allegiance to Nigeria and he explained it was seamless for him.

Lookman made his Super Eagles debut in the crunch Jollof derby played at Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Friday.

“I am very excited to be part of Nigeria’s National team and I’m feeling blessed and looking forward to helping the team,” Lookman told CAFOnline.com.

“Both my parents are Nigerians and I’ve always seen these [representing Nigeria] as a possibility. I came to Nigeria, frequently when I was much younger.

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“I am familiar with the people and built up a family here, so the switch from England to Nigeria is not an unusual one for me. I am glad I made the switch.”

After coming for Simon Moses in the 74th minute of the first leg encounter, Ademola Lookman will be hoping a plays a huge part in the second leg to be played tomorrow at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday.

And Ademola Lookman is not just hoping to be counted, he is hoping he gives Nigeria a memorable nigh by winning the game and securing the ticket to World Cup.

“This is a special event, special moments, the expectations are high. For us, it’s about winning and giving our best in the match,” Lookman continues.

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“Ghana is a strong team, very competitive and physical. We expect that but we’ll be ready.

“I hope to create great and memorable memories. Belief is a great thing not just in football, but I am sure when you believe put in hard work which I’ve been putting in you can achieve,” he said.

“I work every day to achieve my goal. I am glad to be a part of African history and glad to be here and I hope to give you [Nigerians] sweet memories.”

The aggregate winner of the second leg tie will book a place in 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Nigeria must win the game on Tuesday or avoid a score draw to force a penalty shootout.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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