Chelsea star opens to represent Nigeria national team ahead of his country of birth
Chelsea football club of England youngster Bryan Fiabema has opened to represent Nigeria national team ahead of his country of birth Norway according to the report from the player’s father Mina Fiabema who is also known as Fiabema senior.
Fiabema Junior joined Chelsea football club in January, and he has taken the English Premier League 2 (youth Premier League) with storm this season, scoring four goals in just seven matches played for the Blues youth team.
Bryan is eligible to represent Nigeria National teams through his father Mina Fiabema who is a Nigerian, but he (Bryan) was born in Norway and he’s eligible to represent the two countries, but according to his father he’s ready to represent Nigeria.
Bryan’s excellent performance for Chelsea youth team made him to be nominated for English Premier League 2 player of the month of October.
In a chat with sportsextral.com, Mina Fiabema who is the player’s father said he has always advised the 17 years old to play for Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, and he’s ready to represent his fatherland.
“Bryan is eligible to represent Nigeria and Norway, I have always advised him to play for Nigeria and he’s actually open to it. He wants to play for Nigeria, he’s 17 now so can’t play for Nigeria U17s, in the next one, two years if there’s an opportunity for him to play for the U20s, he’ll want to come. It’s not just about me influencing him, he has followed Nigerian football, followed Nigeria at the World Cup, and at a very tender age of 10, 11, he had the Nigerian flag in his room. The last World Cup we went for, he asked me to buy him a Nigerian jersey, so he loves Nigeria but unfortunately he hasn’t been there.”
Mina Fiabema continued by saying the youngster modeled his game after Portugal and Juventus football club of Italy superstar Cristiano Dos Santos Alveiro Ronaldo, and that’s one of the reasons he started his football career as a winger before converting to a standing Striker.
“I don’t know if he idolises any Nigerian player, I only know of one international player he idolises and follows and that player is Cristiano Ronaldo. From what I saw his best position is playing from the right of attack but Chelsea are playing him as a main striker and he’s also delivering. The Norwegian U17 were using him as a top nine and he was playing from the wing at Tromso. He models his game after Ronaldo, when he was younger he always asked for boots with CR7. He’s grown now so he’s beginning to be himself, when he was much younger he walks and balances like him, everything about him was Ronaldo. He has speed and is good at dribbling.
The 17 years old Chelsea star has represented the Norwegian under 17 team, but he can still represent Nigeria at the senior level.
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