The Russian Football Union operate a '6+5' foreigner limit to help develop domestic talents. The rule allows a maximum of six imports to play a Russian Premier League encounter while at least five must be homegrown.
Idowu, whose father is Nigerian and mother, half-Russian, half-Nigerian, was born in St. Petersburg and is considered homegrown. Thus, despite his Nigerian roots he is not considered a foreigner on the Red and Blacks team sheet.
Set to make his debut for his fatherland against Jorge Sampaoli’s men, Amkar Perm insists the former Zenit St. Petersburg youth player retains his nationality, regardless.
“Defender of Amkar Perm Brian Idowu was summoned to the national team of Nigeria for a friendly match with the national team of Argentina,” read a statement on club website.
“Both teams will meet on Tuesday, November 14, in Krasnodar.
"We draw your attention, the participation of the 19th number of red-black in a friendly game on his status of a Russian in games for the club will not be affected."