Michael Obafemi pledges '100 per cent' commitment to Ireland

Thu, Nov 15 2018

Credit: FAI

Michael Obafemi has put an end to speculation over his international future by affirming he is ‘100 per cent’ committed to representing the Republic of Ireland.

The 18-year-old was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents and grew up in England, and is eligible to represent all three countries.

Obafemi has represented Ireland up to under-19 level and was this week named in the final Ireland squad to face Northern Ireland and Denmark.

Martin O’Neill appeared to cast doubt on the striker’s commitment when he suggested Obafemi would not travel to Denmark, where a competitive cap would tie him to Ireland.

Obafemi’s representatives, Playerworks CSM, today released a statement declaring that the teenager is fully committed to representing his country of birth.

The statement reads: "Due to current speculation surrounding Michael Obafemi and as Michael's representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued.

"Since Mark O'Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely.

"Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.

"Martin O'Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success.

"Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team."

The striker later posted a picture of himself on Twitter in an Ireland shirt, with the caption: "All in."