Report: Why Crystal Palace star Michael Olise has failed to turn out for Nigeria

The 19-year-old is eligible to represent the three-time African champions, but he won’t be playing for the country anytime soon

Crystal Palace youngster Michael Olise has refused to turn out for the Super Eagles because his agent wants him to represent either Algeria or France.

Olise was born in England to a Nigerian father and a French-Algerian mother, making him eligible to represent any of the four countries.

He was called up, although as a standby, for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin and Lesotho in March.

And according to BBC’s Oluwashina Okeleji, Olise was ready to represent Nigeria in both games. However, his agent called the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), informing them that he would like his client to complete his move to the Premier League.

Olise eventually moved to Crystal Palace from Reading in the summer following a remarkable season in the Skybet Championship. 

However, according to Okeleji, his agent has now changed the youngster’s mind against representing the three-time African champions, hoping he plays for Algeria or France.

He hasn’t been called up by either of the two national teams, but it remains to be seen if he will get an invitation in the next international break.

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