By John Essien
Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman has revealed that he is not in a hurry to score his first goal for the Super Eagles, but rather focused on helping the team win as many games as possible.
Lookman, 24, was earlier this year cleared by the World governing body FIFA to switch allegiance and represent Nigeria after he had featured for England at the youth level.
The Leicester City star is among the players selected by Head Coach Jose Peseiro to prosecute the AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe.
“I hope to endear myself to Nigerians by playing well and winning as many games and laurels,” Lookman said as quoted by Completesports. “My first goal will be coming soon and hopefully I will score plenty in the future.
“At the moment I want to enjoy playing and the goals will come. Nigerians will love us again with time.”
On their fixture against Sierra Leone, Lookman said: “As I said earlier, we want to win this game and the next. The weather is okay and we have to make amends by beating Sierra Leone here first, then off to Morocco for the next game [vs Sao Tome & Principe].”
Lookman made his debut for Nigeria on 25 March 2022, in their scoreless draw with Ghana as part of the third round of the African section of qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the tournament and Lookman has further revealed the feeling and disappointment which followed the failure to reach the quadrennial showpiece.
“The feeling was bad, it was of disappointment, frustration, and shock, but like they say, ‘time heals over time’. I have put it behind my mind now and moved on. We have the Afcon qualifiers coming up and we are looking forward to win both games,” Lookman concluded.