Former England footballer of Nigerian descent, John Fashanu has explained why Tammy Abraham and other foreign players of Nigerian descent refuse to pledge allegiance to the country when called upon.
Fashanu who is now an English Television presenter who played for England just twice in 1989, said it is hard for these players to play for Nigeria because of lack of adequate welfare packages and challenges they face even after their sacrifices for the country.
“Till today, I still get my benefits, my pensions. I get N5m monthly as pensions for being an ex-footballer in England and I am now in my 50s.” He told Daily Trust.
“Tammy knows why he hasn’t played for the Super Eagles and it’s because there is more financial benefits playing for England, there is more glory and less wahala. Why do we ask the boy to play for Nigeria and torture him?
“We need to step up. Tammy is a massive miss for Nigeria. Nobody went to London to talk to him and explain to him the benefits of playing for his motherland.
“And when you hear what happened to Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, did anybody come out to defend him over his tax bills, did anybody come out to defend Kanu when he had issues with his hotel?” He asked