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‘My parents, grandparents are Nigerians’ Hale End Academy product confirms he wants to play for Super Eagles

‘My parents, grandparents are Nigerians’ Hale End Academy product confirms he wants to play for Super Eagles

Arsenal’s Hale End Academy graduate Nathan Tella has confirmed that he recently spoke with German media about his desire to represent the Super Eagles in international football. 

Although born in England to Nigerian parents, Tella is eligible to play for Nigeria, a country he has consistently expressed a preference for over his birthplace. 

Despite his enthusiasm, he has not yet received an invitation to join the Nigerian national teams.

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If given the opportunity by Jose Peseiro, Tella, who is a versatile player capable of performing as an attacking midfielder, second striker, and center-forward, would bring his skills to the Super Eagles. 

The 24-year-old is already familiar with some of the Super Eagles players currently based in Portugal, such as his fellow Hale End graduate Alex Iwobi, Southampton midfielder Joe Aribo, and his Bayer Leverkusen teammate Victor Boniface.

When questioned about the reports suggesting his choice to represent Nigeria, Tella confirmed to the German-based Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba of OmaSportsTV, saying, “It’s true it has come from me. A couple of years ago I spoke to my family about it and said that’s the route I wanted to go down and to play for Nigeria.

“I’ve been doing well, hopefully I can get into the team and then if the call-up happens I am more than happy to accept it as something I want to do.”

Regarding the reasons behind his decision to pledge his international future to the Super Eagles, Tella explained, “I feel like it has always been a big part of my life obviously.

“Like I said in the interview I’m a London boy. I’ve been in London, I have been in England but at the same time my parents are Nigerians, my grandparents are both Nigerians so for me I feel it’s the right route to go down.

“I want to do something which makes my family proud as well. I know they are happy with me doing football but for being in Nigeria as well I think that’s another big thing for me.”

Following a remarkable 2022-2023 season with Burnley, during which he scored 19 goals across all competitions, Tella made a move to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window.

‘My parents, grandparents are Nigerians’ Hale End Academy product confirms he wants to play for Super Eagles

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