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‘Iorfa Junior ripe for Nigeria’

'Iorfa Junior ripe for Nigeria'

By Akpera Nase

Father of former England Youth International, Dominic Iorfa Junior says his son is now ripe and ready to represent Nigeria.

Seven years ago, Iorfa Junior turned down an invitation to be part of the Nigeria U-23 National Team.

According to Dominic Iorfa Senior, “I stopped my son from honouring a call by former Nigeria U-23 Coach, Samson Siasia in 2016. Back then, he was making a step-up at English Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I would not want any body to misunderstand me.The truth is that my son was not ripe for the U-23 at that time. He needed more time to mature to that level. This was back in 2016.”

He continued, “Moreover, the timing was not good for the young man that time. He was just getting into the line up of Wolves and there were so many matches for him to play.

I would love him to play for Nigeria now, but I can not go and beg the national team handlers to invite him because this is some one who as an up commer on the scene, he played for England U-16, U-18 and the U-20. He even represented England in the European Championship which they lost in the final to Germany in Holland. He needs no introductions as the whole world has seen his qualities while in action”, he boasted.

The Vice Chairman of Lobi Stars Football Club and CEO further emphasized that every sportsman has the ambition to play for his country.

“When I came to the Nigerian football scene in 1985, a galaxy of sports Journalists in the country, the likes of Paul Bassey, Isaac Ibafidon and a host of other creative writers promoted me.

I was denied national team invitation because everybody termed me as a Ghanaian. It took a lot of investigations before I finally got a call up to the Green Eagles and represented the country at the Olympic Games in 1988 after which I moved to Europe and Asia among other continents,” he summed.

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