Liverpool player Jordon Ibe will live to regret his decision to choose England ahead of Nigeria, says President of the Nigeria football and other sports supporters club, Rafiu Ladipo.
The debate over the Liverpool’s rookie international future came to an end after the Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh confirmed that the 19-year-old has chosen to represent the Three Lions.
According to Ladipo, the English senior has nothing to offer Ibe and feels the player should have taken a leaf out of the likes of John Fashanu and Gabriel Agbonlahor who failed to make it with the European team.
“It’s rather unfortunate that Ibe has chosen not to play for his fatherland instead another country. The truth is that England will only use and dump him,” Ladipo
“We have had many experience in the past when Nigerians and Africans were lured to play for them, and the moment they hand them one or two caps, they are done, so I think it would be a good idea for him to change his mind and represent Nigeria.
“I believe he has more to gain and many years to play for Nigeria rather than England. Since he has chosen to play for the [Three Lions], I wish him the best of luck but I know too well that very soon, he will be done.
He pointed out that attention should be focused on the Nigerian league to discover great players rather than rely on foreign groomed stars who would always turn down the country.
“If we have good materials abroad, there is nothing bad approaching them but if they turn us down,talents abound in Nigeria and we can make use of what we have,” he continued.
“Football is played by a team and not an individual. If we can focus our attention on players from our league, the better for us else we will keep seeing our foreign groomed talents snub us.
“[John] Fashanu,[Gabriel] Agbonlahor and [Patrick] Owomoyela have all learnt their lessons the bitter way. Which of them played international football for three years? None.
“I think it is a bad decision on their path and they are dearly paying for it. For me, I would like to advice Nigerians abroad to think twice before choosing to represent any foreign country,” he concluded.
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