Report: Brian Idowu to lose Russian Nationality after opting to play for Nigeria

Report: Brian Idowu to lose Russian Nationality after opting to play for Nigeria

Super Eagles debutant, Brian Oladapo Idowu who made his international debut against Argentina risk losing out on his Russian Nationality.

Idowu came in as a substitute for the senior national team of Nigeria in their 4-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday, scoring the third goal.

The player could lose his nationality status as a Russian for playing in a competitive game for Nigeria.


The Laws in Russia are against dual nationality for citizens meaning that he will need to give up his Russian citizenship.

Idowu, who had vowed to play for Nigeria in the World Cup, will first renounce his Russian citizenship before he will be able to obtain a Nigerian passport.

If that happens, his club Amkar Perm will lose a Russian citizen and it could prove costly judging by rules in the country which means only six foreign players and at least five Russian players are allowed to be on the pitch at the same time in a league game.

The 25-year-old had earlier admitted after the friendly against Argentina that his club is a bit uncomfortable with his decision to switch allegiance to Nigeria.

In the same vein, Gernot Rohr, the Super Eagles coach, also said the foreign players’ limit in the Russian Premier League delayed Idowu’s debut for Nigeria.

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