Arsenal youngsters Chuba Akpom and Semi Ajayi have expressed interest to feature in Nigeria’s AFCON warm-ups against Cote d’Ivoire and Mali in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, next month according to an official statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) signed by communications assistant director Ademola Olajire.
The Arsenal duo, Ajayi and Akpom could now be called up by coach Daniel Amokachi for the trip, along with Steven Ukoh, who has been cleared by world football governing body to play for Nigeria after playing for Switzerland at various age-grade levels.
Ajayi, who has been on the wings of the Arsenal main squad, has already represented Nigeria at U20 level having featured at last year’s Toulon Festival in France. He is a ball playing central defender.
Nigeria play Cote d’Ivoire and facing Mali next month before the two countries go for the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.