Nigeria Risk Points Deduction Over The Selection Of Former England Youth International Victor Moses

Wigan midfielder has pledged his allegiance to Super Eagles
Fifa have told Nigeria they risk losing points in qualification for the African Nations Cup if they select England youth international Victor Moses in their tie with Ethiopia this weekend.

The Wigan Athletic winger has previously played for England at both under-17 and under-21 levels, but has now been selected for the Nigerian national side.

However, the African country have been warned by Fifa that they face action if Moses plays against Ethiopia, as they have yet to apply for the midfielder to change his national status.

"As of today, FIFA has not received any such request from Victor Moses or the Nigeria Football Federation," a spokesman for the governing body confirmed, according to Reuters.

Moses was born in Nigeria but moved to England as a child and has since come up through the country’s youth system, and must therefore apply for a formal change in his international eligibility.

Nigeria could face a fine, as well as a points deduction for selecting ineligible players, a situation they will be keen to avoid as the currently lead Group B in qualifying for the African Cup of Nations.

Wigan midfielder Moses has previously stated he was finding it difficult to choose between the two nations but has since revealed he has now chosen to pledge his allegiance to the country of his birth.

“Sincerely speaking it wasn’t easy at all making the decision between Nigeria and England in the first instance. You know that I had played for England in the U-17 and U-20 levels and my chance of making the senior team of England was bright,” Moses told MTNFootball in Africa.

“But after carefully weighing the two options, I chose the Super Eagles because of the Nigeria manager who has been so great and showed that he needed me in his team.

“Also, the chance of playing for senior national team of Nigeria did the magic since I was called up to play a major qualifier for the senior team.”

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