Nigerians who 'refused' to play for the country



These ones adorned the colours of other countries until the day they hung their boots as footballers, unlike some of the current players in the diaspora who may hopefully return home to grace the national team one day.

Their names were written in gold in the field of play outside their fatherland. Most of them rejected the offer to play for the Nigerian national team but rather decided to play for the country of their birth.

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Let's take a look at these faces that had the opportunity to make their country proud, but didn't.

John Fashanu

John Fashanu 54, often referred to as Fash, is a former professional footballer of Nigerian (paternal) and Guyanese (maternal) descent. John in his former career was a centre-forward from 1978 until 1995. Notably, he spent 8 years at Wimbledon F.C where he won the FA Cup in 1998 and scored 100 goals in all competitions.
Born September 18th, 1962, John Fashanu played for several clubs which include, Norwich City, Miramar Rangers, Lincoln City, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Aston Villa. He scored 134 league goals in his 17-year football career and was also capped twice at senior level by England. John is presently an English television presenter. 

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