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Nigerian Football FIFA clears Steve Ukoh, Swiss Born star to play for Nigeria

23 year-old Steven, Chuba Akpom, Semi Ajayi to be called up for the double friendly clash against Cote D'Ivoire and Mali

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FIFA on Thursday cleared Steven Archibong Effiong Ukoh to represent Nigeria at senior level after having represented Switzerland at junior levels.

The versatile midfielder was born in Swiss capital, Bern to Nigerian parents. He currently plays for local side Biel-Bienne FC.

Ukoh represented Switzerland at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels between 2006 and 2010, but had a change of mind thereafter and opted to wear the green-white-green at senior international level.

A single sitting judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee declared 23 year-old Steven Ukoh eligible to switch from Switzerland to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Arsenal FC of England’s youngsters Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi have expressed interest in being part of the Super Eagles’ international friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Mali in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates next month.

The three –time African champions play Cup of Nations -bound Elephants on January 9 before facing Mali’s Les Aiglons, as the two countries prepare for the African Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Coach in charge of the team for the two friendlies, Daniel Amokachi may call-up Steve and Ajayi for the trip to Abu Dhabi.

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