Bayer Leverkusen’s talented forward, Nathan Tella, is set to make his debut appearance for the Super Eagles, as announced by the head coach, Jose Peseiro. The decision comes in anticipation of Nigeria’s crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as reported by Soccernet.ng.
Tella’s inclusion in the squad follows his compelling performance for Burnley FC, where he made a lasting impression during his loan spell from Southampton. The forward’s contributions were instrumental in Burnley’s promotion to the English Premier League, showcasing his prowess on the field.
The former Southampton player expressed his deep connection to Nigeria through his Nigerian parents, illustrating a strong desire to don the national colors. In response to Tella’s fervor, Peseiro, the seasoned head coach, deemed it fitting to grant the talented forward his inaugural call-up to the Super Eagles.
Reflecting on his roots, Tella, despite being born and raised in England, emphasized the significance of Nigeria in his life. He remarked, “I’ve always said for the last three or four years that Nigeria is a big part of my life – even though I’ve been an ‘England boy’ from London all my life,” as quoted by Bild.
Tella’s enthusiasm for representing Nigeria was evident in his earlier statements, where he expressed his happiness and readiness to embrace the opportunity. “If I got the chance to play for Nigeria, I would be more than happy and accept it. I’ve already told my parents and friends that I would do that,” Tella declared.
This call-up holds additional importance as Tella steps in as a replacement for Samuel Chukwueze, who has reportedly recovered from an injury sustained during Nigeria’s match against Mozambique. With the spotlight now on him, Tella is poised to make a significant impact as Nigeria faces Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. His maiden appearance for the Super Eagles is anticipated with great expectations, marking a new chapter in his international career.