Gernot Rohr, head coach of Nigeria
Saturday Oct 02, 2021. 10:00
Nigeria-born striker Franklin Sasere is keen to play for the Super Eagles despite interest from the Maltese senior national team.
The 23-year-old player has established himself as one of the top strikers in the Maltese Premier League – scoring 15 goals for Hamrun Spartans since the start of last season.
The Malta Football Association is reportedly keen to convince Sasere into playing for Malta’s senior national team, the Falcons.
However, Sasere, who is currently on loan at Spartans from Swiss club Lugano, says he will keep working hard until he gets called up by the Super Eagles national team selectors.
“My childhood dream is to wear Nigeria’s green and white and that has not changed,” Sasere told Goal.
“I want to use this medium to state that I have not pledged my international allegiance to Malta or any other country.
“I will keep working hard until I get called up by the Super Eagles national team selectors.”
Nigeria head coach Gerno Rohr has depth in the striking department which features Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho and many others.
“Right now, I am keen on improving and scoring goals. By improving, coach [Gernot] Rohr will hand me that chance I have been waiting for,” Sasere added.
“Nigeria is blessed with talented players especially in the goalscoring department and without sounding boastful, I am one of them.”
Sasere made the move from Nigerian club Sunshine Stars to Lugano in September 2019, signing a three-year with the Swiss Super League club.