Talk of the town: Nusa could still play for Nigeria despite making competitive debut for Norway 

Published: September 13, 2023
Talk of the town: Nusa could still play for Nigeria despite making competitive debut for Norway 

Club Brugge teenage sensation Antonio Nusa remains eligible to play for the Super Eagles despite making his competitive debut for his country of birth, Norway in a European Championship qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday evening, reports.


On the international scene, Nusa has grabbed the headlines around the world in the last few days after starring for Norway's senior national team in wins against Jordan and Georgia. 


On September 7, he became the second youngest goalscorer in Norway men's national team, aged 18 years and 144 days when he opened the scoring ten minutes into the friendly against Jordan. 


And on Tuesday, Nusa enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a brace of assists in Norway's 2-1 win over Georgia, setting up the goals scored by Erling Haaland and Martin Ødegaard.


Musa was born in Langhus and qualifies to represent the Super Eagles through his Nigerian father, but it is looking likely that the Nigeria Football Federation will miss out on his services. 


Prior to his first call-up to Norway's senior national team, he represented Norway at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels, totaling fifteen caps for the age groups. 


Despite his competitive debut  for Norway's senior team on Tuesday, FIFA eligibility rules mean he is not yet cap-tied to Norway.


Fifa regulations state that players under the age of 21 can request for a change of  association if they have played no more than three matches for their first country or don’t play for that nation for three years, meaning Nusa is still eligible for Nigeria as of now. 


If Nusa is given minutes in Norway's October internationals with Cyprus and Spain, he cannot play for the Super Eagles again. 



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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