Boluwatife Balogun of Barcelona has chosen to play for Nigeria ahead of France and Holland.
The teenager was born in Nigeria, but has a French mother and a Dutch passport. Now 18, he is training at Barcelona’s La Masia Academy.
Balogun explains that the decision was heavily influenced by his father.
“I have been called up once for Nigeria’s national U-17 team but I didn’t come to camp due to injuries. If I get any call now, I will honour it because I want to serve my fatherland, if I’m invited,” Balogun said.
“I was born in Nigeria. My mom is French and I have a Dutch passport, so I’m also eligible to play for Holland and France.
“I don’t have any special reason why I am picking Nigeria ahead of these countries, that’s what my dad wants.”
Speaking to SL10, the attacking midfielder youngster explained that his aim is to play like Spanish World Cup winner Andres Iniesta.
“Andres Iniesta is my role model, he is a great passer of the ball. He has good dribbling skills, he thinks what to do with the ball before it gets to him,” Balogun explained.
“There are good players there that has some good qualities in the Nigeria team. But with what I possess we will be spectacular.”
Should he be invited, Balogun will become the second Barcelona youth team player in the Nigerian national age-grade teams after centre-half Godswill Ekpolo recently trialed for the Olympic team.
By: Gary Al-Smith/citifmonline.com/Ghana');