The Nigeria Football Federation has explained the absence of Leicester City attacker, Ademola Lookman, from the Super Eagles African Cup of Nations squad.
Lookman was not included in interim manager, Augustine Eguavoen's 28-man squad for the 33rd edition of the AFCON which kicks off in 10 days in Cameroon.
Despite representing England at U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels, helping them win the U-20 World Cup in 2017, the 24-year-old applied to switch his allegiance to the country of his parents’ nationality in October.
He was included in Gernot Rohr's initial provisional list for the continental tournament in January 2022 only to be axed from the final squad by Eguavoen after the sack of Rohr, according to reports.
Reacting to the report in a statement on Thursday, the NFF debunked the reports claiming that Lookman was axed by the Super Eagles interim coach.
According to the NFF, Lookman has not been cleared to represent Nigeria by the world football governing body, FIFA.
The process of his switch to Nigeria, which will confirm his participation in AFCON, has not been concluded, the statement added.
NFF said, “The Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City FC OF England has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level.
“It is, therefore, incorrect for any medium to claim that interim Head Coach @austineguavoen is the one who axed the player from Nigeria’s final list of 28 for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021.
“However, his name was included in the initial provisional list with the belief that the process would have been completed before the commencement of AFCON.”