Sunday, 2 August 2020

Innocent Mutiso advises Nigeria Football Federation on how to get Saka to play for Nigeria

Innocent Mutiso advises Nigeria Football Federation on how to get saka to play for Nigeria

Ex Kenyan international Innocent Mutiso has tasked the Nigeria Football Federation to secure the services of Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka at the senior level.

Saka is in the running for Arsenal player of the season alongside Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno.

The 18 year old has been one of the biggest revelations in England this season having scored 1 goal and 5 assists in 27 appearances in his first complete season with Arsenal.

Despite representing the junior national teams in England, he remains eligible to don the Nigerian jersey based on his Nigerian roots.

The ex Mathare united forward have given his opinion on how Nigeria can persuade the young prodigy to play for the continental giants.

"Remember, Saka is on record saying he is proud of his Nigerian heritage as both his parents came from there meaning he is open about playing for the African country as well," Mutiso told Goal on Friday.

"But Nigeria have to give him assurances of being involved in the first team just like they did to [Alex] Iwobi who has flourished since.

He stated that England having established players in saka’s position could serve as a key to snub the three lions.

"Remember, in England, the competition is stiff as well, we have the likes of Jude Bellingham who just moved to [Borussia] Dortmund, we have Manchester United 's Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho.

"Lest we forget, there are established players as well like Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling. Nigeria should capitalise on that and convince him to turn up for them."

He also illustrated how the super eagles legends could prove useful to make his switch possible.

"We have Nigeria legends who can play a vital role in bringing Saka home," Mutiso continued.

"Remember Augustine 'Jay-Jay' Okocha convinced Iwobi to play for Super Eagles and he can be used as well. We also have his peers like Samuel Chukwueze can also do the job, it is a matter of showing the player how much he is needed."

He further added that if saka chooses Nigeria ahead of England, unconditional love by fans is assured and could also serve as a key figure on African players who play abroad to choose their home countries.

"Unconditional love by the fans is one thing he is assured of, it will be limitless as we have seen with Iwobi," Mutiso suggested.

"And he will also have a great influence on African players who play abroad to choose to play for their countries in Africa than in Europe. By doing this, they will help their teams challenge for top honours in the continent and the world as well."

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