Chelsea of England youth team goalkeeper, Prince Adegoke remains committed to a career future with Nigeria, according to his father, Mr Tony Fatai Adegoke, megasportsaena.com reports.
In contrast with recent reports that the youngster has eventually opted to commit himself to an international future with England, the older Adegoke has moved quickly to dismiss the story, which he described as ‘fabricated news.’
He also denied insinuations making the rounds that Adegoke deliberately shunned an invitation to Nigerian under-17 national team, Golden Eaglets in order to preserve his eligibility for England’s youth squads.
The keeper’s dad stressed instead, that his son was only absent from the Eaglets’ camp in Abuja because of educational and club commitments, adding that Adegoke’s international future will be with Nigeria.
The former goalkeeper at Victory High School of Ikeja, Lagos further affirmed that his son., who signed his first professional contract with Chelsea four months ago and was included in his first gameday squad of the season last weekend, remains focused on playing for Nigeria at all levels of the round leather game.
He also pointed out that Adegoke, who was born in Farnborough, England and joined Chelsea at under-13 level from a non-league outfit, Langley FC, only recently recovered from a knee injury that had kept him out on the sidelines, hence his insistence that any story about the lad deciding to snub Nigeria is way off the mark.
The Chelsea precocious kid’s pop told allnigeriasoccer.com: “The article is not from me, I don’t know whoever wrote the article, my name is Tony Fatai Adegoke not Alex Adegoke. Prince was invited and I can assure you that he was keen to go to the Golden Eaglets camp.
“But, looking at the scenario then he’s got his GCSE coming up and he’s got his professional contract to be decided. I spoke to Chelsea about it and sought advice and they gave me the best option for him. The story today is not true.
“My son’s ambition is to play for Nigeria, that I know definitely and that’s what we wish for for him. This is exactly what happened, there was no point for him having to travel for the World Cup while his examinations were around the corner.”