BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
English football stakeholders are unhappy Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham in on the brink of representing Nigeria at senior international level after playing for England at youth levels.
Arsenal legend, Martin Keown on Thursday joined the list of notable personalities to express disappointment at the decision of the lanky player currently on a season-long loan at Swansea.
“I feel a little bit disappointed by that,” Keown stated a day after the President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick stated Nigeria were much closer to capping the player who goes by the full name: Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham.
Pinnick told the Federation’s website, thenff.com of his meeting with the tall striker, who has represented England at junior level but is eligible to wear the green-white-green for the Super Eagles having never played for the Three Lions.
“Most recently, there was a meeting with Tammy, which Tammy’s agent, Neil Fewills also attended. It was a useful meeting, and I can say the talks are at an appreciable level now and all is looking good.
“Tammy is like a son to me, because his father was my childhood friend. I believe he is a good prospect for the Super Eagles and the effort is well worth it.”
Tammy scored 23 goals for Bristol City last season on loan from Chelsea FC, and is presently playing for Swansea City in the English Premier League, again on loan from Chelsea. He has scored a goal for Swansea City this season.
Born 2nd October 1997, Tammy is 1.90m tall, and is said to have immense respect for fellow Chelsea FC man Victor Moses, who also played for England at junior level before committing his senior international career to Nigeria.
Another source at the said meeting confirmed to thenff.com that Moses actually called in during the meeting to lend a voice to the call for Tammy to opt to fly with the Eagles rather than hunt with the Lions.
Moses himself has proved a worthwhile ‘catch’ for Nigeria, emerging the Super Eagles’ most valuable player in his first tournament – the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations that Nigeria won in South Africa – and playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil where the Eagles made the Round of 16.
He has also been an impact player for the Eagles in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying race, scoring two in the 3-1 triumph over Algeria in Uyo last year and emerging Man-Of-The-Match in both encounters against African champions Cameroon earlier this month. The four points from those two games have taken the Super Eagles within a kissing distance of Russia 2018.