Ex-England Defender, Ashleigh Plumptre Cleared To Play For Nigeria

Former England defender, Ashleigh Plumptre has been cleared by FIFA to play for the Super Falcons of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) spokesman, Ademola Olajire, made this known in an interview with BBC Africa on Monday.

Olajire revealed that Plumptre can now play for the Super Falcons after her request to switch her allegiance to Nigeria was granted.

He noted that Plumptre might get her debut when the Falcons face Ivory Coast in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations play-off in February.

The NFF spokesman said the former England youth player personally approached the English FA to get the needed clearance before FIFA approved it.

He disclosed that the 23-year-old defender, who had joined the Super Falcons since last year, is eligible to represent Nigeria because of her father’s Nigerian heritage.

Olajire appreciated the Leicester City defender for her commitment and dedication in ensuring that she wears the green and green jersey.

The NFF spokesman said: “We are happy to receive Ashleigh’s official clearance from FIFA.

“It was only possible because of her commitment and dedication. She made the federation’s work a lot easier by providing all the requirements in quick time.

“Ashleigh personally approached the English FA directly to get the required international clearance from that end.

“Her professionalism and unflinching desire to play for Nigeria is honestly heart-warming. That big move on her part obviously helped a lot and prevented the long wait for the FA’s response.”

This article was originally published on Naija News

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