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Nigeria interested in England U20 forward Ademola Lookman

Ronald Koeman speaks about new Everton signing Ademola Lookman following his move from Charlton.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will look into the possibility of convincing England under-20 forward Ademola Lookman to pledge his international future to the African nation.

NFF official Bitrus Bewarang told the BBC that he was "excited" to see 19-year-old Lookman, whose parents are Nigerian, score on his Everton debut against Manchester City on Sunday.

Bewarang said Lookman, who joined Everton from League One side Charlton on Jan. 5, could look to follow in the footsteps of Victor Moses...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA vote against 48-team World Cup would be 'big surprise' - Nigeria chief

The FC panel weigh the pros and cons of an expanded World Cup as FIFA prepares to finalise a 48-team format for 2026.
With FIFA set to decide the fate of future World Cups in January, the FC crew voice their concerns about a 48-team format.

Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has said there is widespread excitement about FIFA's idea to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and that it would be a "big surprise" if the plan is not approved.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plan, which would come into effect in 2026, is set to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the FIFA Council in Zurich on Tuesday.

Delegates will vote on four proposals to change the existing format of world football's premier event with Infantino's suggestion...

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi enjoys remarkable rise, must fulfil potential

Premier League champion Riyad Mahrez thanked his Leicester teammates after winning African Player of the Year.

One year ago, virtual unknown Alex Iwobi was still preparing for the game that would serve as his big breakthrough: Arsenal's FA Cup third round game against Sunderland. On Thursday, the 20-year-old midfielder was recognised as Africa's Youth Player of the Year, highlighting what a remarkable rise it has been for the Nigeria international over the last 12 months.

It seems like just reward for Iwobi, whose FA Cup performances against Sunderland and Burnley were the first step in establishing himself...

 By Colin Udoh

Why Chelsea's John Obi Mikel chose to move to China with Tianjin TEDA

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.

If there was one certainty about this transfer window, it was that John Obi Mikel would leave Chelsea after 11 years in which he accumulated 11 different trophies.

What was not so certain -- and even the player and his representatives did not know until the last minute -- was where his next destination would be. There were no shortage of suitors, including some of Europe's elite, but in the end the midfielder chose to take his talents to China where he has joined Tianjin TEDA. Here are three things...

 By Ian Holyman

Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi win youth awards at CAF 2016 ceremony

Alex Iwobi has enjoyed an impressive year for Arsenal.

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Arsenal attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi have been handed awards at the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year ceremony in Abuja.

Iheanacho, 20, was named the continent's Most Promising Talent, an award the Nigeria international also won in 2013 just before his move to City.

Iwobi, 20, who was...