Manchester United’s Tosin Kehinde, 19 year-old, has set his sights on playing for Nigeria as a Super Eagle at international games.
The U23 squad player, was born in Lagos but raised in the UK and is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England.
At 13 he joined Man United’s junior ranks, rising through the age groups to play for the U23 squad. Kehinde trained with the United first-team earlier this season and has started 15 times for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2. His strike at Chelsea in September was nominated for the club’s goal of the month competition.
He is yet to make an appearance in Jose Mourinho’s first team squad but he has occasionally trained with the team at the invitation of the Portuguese manager.
“I hope to play in the first team, that’s every player’s dream and my dream also.”
“When you are growing up, when you see players like Jay Jay Okocha, how good he was and the current crop of players such as Alex Iwobi and Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, the desire to get the opportunity to play for Nigeria has always been there really,” said Kehinde.
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The player met Nigerian Football Federation officials including Vice President Shehu Dikko, Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi and manager Gernot Rohr at the Super Eagles Crowne Plaza Hotel in London last weekend, ahead of their London friendly with Serbia, to start the process of formalising his Nigerian footballing status. He was accompanied by his parents to the meeting.
Kehinde says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, , who opted to play for the Super Eagles instead of England in 2015 and other players like Victor Moses and Ola Aina.
“Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there. I come from a very strong Nigerian background so the influence has always been around me,” Kehinde told BBC Sports.