On-loan Liverpool midfielder Oviemuno Dominic Ejaria has gotten the green light by FIFA to switch allegiance to the senior national team of Nigeria from England.
The Score Nigeria learnt that the 22-year-old Ejaria filled for a nationality switch last year and the process which is usually lengthy for players who have represented England has now been ratified by FIFA meaning he can now play for Nigeria.
The midfielder who is on loan to Reading was watched by the coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr while on a visit to England and talks over a switch of nationality were swiftly concluded with the player and his representatives.
Already the 22-year-old has made contact with some players of the senior national team of Nigeria to express his joy at finally getting a chance to play for the Super Eagles after his failure to make the Nigeria U17 team of 2013.
Between then and now, the midfielder has progressed in leaps and bounds and even won the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup with England but he fancies his chance at senior international football with Nigeria more than with England.
This season he has emerged as one of the shining light of Reading in the English Championship with many already rating him as one of the best young midfielders in the league as he has impressed since his move to the team in January 2019. He rejoined the team on another loan deal just before the start of the season.
So far he has scored four goals from 48 games but the coach of the Nigerian national team Gernot Rohr has seen enough to hand him a chance to fight for a spot in the senior national team of Nigeria when international football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.