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Why Tammy Abraham Ditched Nigeria For England

More details have emerged as regards the Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham’s decision to play for England instead of Nigeria.

According to Classic FM’s Temisan Okomi, the Swansea loanee may have turned down the opportunity to play for Nigeria, because his manager, Paul Clement, is British.

In a series of posts on his Twitter page, Okomi also confirmed that the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, met with Abraham last weekend and convinced him to play for his home country.

However, as soon as Clement granted an interview last weekend, the 19-year-old had a change of mind .

Okomi wrote: “Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina & Victor Moses all had one thing in common; non-English coaches + strong Nigerian player influence when they switched.

“Tammy Abraham, on loan at Swansea, is coached by Paul Clement. He’s English. As soon as Tammy’s switch was looking imminent; Clement spoke.

“It’s an unofficial rule in England, doesn’t matter who the player is or the country looking for him; try to stop the move. It is what it is.

“I understand from a few sources that Tammy’s family were really excited about the prospect of him playing for Naija.

“No surprises there. His father is a Nigerian true & true. @PinnickAmaju @Amawas excited as well. A chance to bring another talent in.

“Apologies to Amawas in that last tweet. Blame my phone. So. Things are moving swimmingly & all is ready for Tammy to make the move

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