Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Super Eagles

Sidney Sam © Action Images

Eagles set to grab 'Super Sam'



The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has started the process of securing Sidney Sam to play for the Super Eagles, supersport.com can report.

But the process to win Sam's international switch is expected to take full swing after the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The football federation's move is still at the primary stage of collating vital documents to kick-start the switch of the Bayer Leverkusen winger.

"On our path we have started the process of the switch. But it is not cast in stone because the whole process is always cumbersome. When they ask for documents and you submit such, you will find out later that they will request for more. And you just have to keep meeting such demands till the player gets cleared.

"From our own end we will collate all necessary documents to speed up the process. But remember that he (Sam) played for the German youth team so they (the German FA) will have to write (Fifa) saying Sidney has agreed to play for Nigeria. It was the same tough routine we had for Shola (Ameobi) and Victor (Moses) but let's concentrate on the present.

"So there's no way the NFF is stalling on speeding up the process of allowing any player switch their international allegiance in the shortest possible time," said the NFF Assistant Director, Media, Ademola Olajire.

Earlier in November, Sam was quoted by Kicker that he had a "very harmonious, good and convincing talk" with Keshi.

Sam also underlined why he has opted to play for his father's country despite being born in Kiel, Germany.

"There were intense discussions and I am keen to play for Nigeria," Kicker quoted Sam as saying.

"The country (Nigeria) has a great football tradition, the team is full of good players."

Sam's adviser, Dirk Hebel, is expected to play a key part in helping the winger switch his international career to Nigeria.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
What Chelsea has that Man City lacks
When Jose Mourinho celebrated winning the Capital One Cup many asked if he was putting on a show.

Neil Tovey
I still bleed black and gold
I believe the Soweto derby ranks among the ten best derbies within world football.

Dr Errol Sweeney
Referee inconsistency - true or false?
No one ever said refereeing is easy. No one ever said arbitrating between two “warring” factions...

Segun Odegbami
Barcelona on my mind
I guess every reader of this column knows by now that I am a fan of Barcelona.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's feeling the heat
Many of my regular readers here will know I am neither a Jose Mourinho apologist nor a cult...

John Dykes
Make the call, ref!
Here’s an excerpt from an alternative, purely fictitious match report from Saturday’s Barclays...