Poland ahead of Nigeria in race for Chelsea defender

Poland ahead of Nigeria in race for Chelsea defender

Poland are ahead of Nigeria in the race to convince Chelsea defender Ashley Akpan to pledge his international allegiance.

Born in Warsaw to a Nigerian father and Polish mom in 2005, Akpan is eligible to represent Nigeria and Poland and it's the Europeans that have made the first move to cap him.

His mum revealed that the 14-year-old have been contacted to represent Polish youth team.

"Ashley's international future is undecided and uncertain at the moment, it depends who wants him more," said Ashely's mom, Mags to allnigeriasoccer.com.

"At the moment Nigeria has not been in any contact with us."

Akpan's mom went on to reveal that her son has received a call-up to Poland's youth team in the past and explained why he couldn't honour the invitation.

"Yes, he has been invited to Poland's youth team. He had a call-up for a game in Finland.

"Unfortunately he didn't travel as the club didn't allow him, he was recovering from injury at that time.

"However, we had a meeting with Poland coach on Saturday and he will work around Ashely's exams schedule and he will have another call-up soon.

"Ash is in his GCSE year so will not travel during mock exams or exams," added Mags.