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.”

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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 goal scoring 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.

Sasere was frozen out of Swiss top-flight side Lugano – and that led to his loan move to Spartans – with the aim of getting regular playing opportunities, they won the 2020-21 Maltese elite division diadem for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign.

He was on target the last time out as Hamrun Spartans secured a 2-1 triumph at Floriana. As it stands, they are currently seventh on the log, but the big forward believes a title defence is not out of place.
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