Hopes of having Liverpool of England player Jordan Ibe in Nigeria jersey when the Super Eagles confront Tanzania in an Africa Nations Cup qualifying match next month has been dashed.
It was believed that the meeting Ibe had with Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh had sealed his place in the national team, but fresh facts have it that the youngster has asked for time to take a decision over his international Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has told Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh he will take a decision on his international future in 2016, when he would be 21 years old.
Oliseh is a big fan of Ibe, who he believes will fit nicely in the type of football he plans to play with the Super Eagles and so has gone ahead to sound out the exciting winger in England.
The player has also spoken with his 42-year-old Nigerian father, David, on the prospects of featuring for the threetime African champions.
“He has consulted with his family and he now wants to wait a little longer till when he’s 21 and that will be in 2016 before he decides on the direction of his international career,” a top source informed only AfricanFootball. com Observers have suggested this position could also buy time for the Liverpool ace to establish himself at his EPL club as well as leave the door open for the England Three Lions. Ibe has already represented England at U18, U19 and U20 levels.