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We won’t beg Saka to play for Nigeria – Pinnick

Bukayo Saka
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President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick says the federation will not beg Arsenal teenage sensation, Bukayo Saka to play for Nigeria.

Saka, 18, was born in London to Nigerian parents and is eligible to play for the Super Eagles and the Three Lions of England at senior level.

He has represented England at age-grade level and will be in contention to represent the nation in the European Championship next year if selected.

In an Instagram chat on Thursday with the NFF media department, Pinnick said Nigeria will not beg Saka and any other player to represent the country if they do not want to, noting that there are many players of good pedigree in Nigeria who will be willing to play for the three-time African champions.

“There are many players that play like Bukayo Saka in Nigeria. We don’t want to go begging any player,” Pinnick said.

“It is about ardour and fervour. If a player has decided for Nigeria and only want to be assured that he would be much welcome, we will come in and provide that assurance.”

Saka is having a breakthrough season in an underwhelming Arsenal team this campaign, scoring 4 goals and 11 assists for the Gunners this season.

The Gunners academy graduate last December told BBC Sport he has not decided on his international future, confirming he is yet to receive any offers from Nigeria or England.

“I am always thinking about it but I haven’t made a decision yet,” he said. “No-one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out.”

Saka recently signed a long-term contract at Arsenal that will keep him at the club till 2025.

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