FIFA Clears Switzerland Player Ukoh For Nigeria


Steven Ukoh

The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, has cleared a former Switzerland U-20 international, Steven Archibong Effiong Ukoh to represent Nigeria at full international level. The Nigeria Football Federation announced this on Thursday.

The player, described as a versatile midfielder, was born on June 19, 1991 to Nigerian parents in Berne, Switzerland, and currently plays for Biel-Bienne FC in the European country.

Ukoh represented Switzerland at the U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels between 2006 and 2010, but had a change of mind thereafter and opted to play for Nigeria at the senior level.

His father, Archibong Effiong Ukoh, and mother Helene hail from Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

“By the decision of a single judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee on 4th December, 2014, Steven Ukoh was cleared to switch his nationality from Switzerland to Nigeria,” the NFF said.

The young player may get a quick turn with the Eagles as the NFF has secured Cote d’Ivoire and Mali friendlies for the Super Eagles.

The Nigerian senior football team will confront the two teams in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in January next year.

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