World soccer governing body, FIFA have cleared Nigerian-born attacker, Bobby Adekanye to feature this season for SS Lazio of Italy, despite frenetic complaints by his former club, Liverpool of England.
After months of tussles between both clubs, FIFA have giving Adekanye the green light to play for Lazio, following an approval of what had been a free transfer for the Holland youth international from Liverpool.
Before FIFA’s verdict, Liverpool claimed Lazio broke the rules in their pursuit of the 20-year-old forward, who they claimed was not eligible to play for the Rome-based side in their first Serie A game of the season.
However, Adekanye, who left Anfield after becoming disillusioned at lack of opportunities with The Reds under Jurgen Klopp, has now been cleared by FIFA to play for Lazio against Sampdoria on Sunday.
Lazio disclosed that FIFA granted them authorization for the temporary membership of the player, whose full names are Habeeb Omobolaji Adekanye, as he had opted out of a fresh three-year deal with Liverpool, after he was left out of their pre-season tour of United States last year.
Calciomercato.com also reported Friday that FIFA have announced that Adekanye has been granted ‘temporary membership,’ at Lazio, but it still means the Rome-based club’s boss, Simone Inzaghi is free to pick him.
This is despite Liverpool having insisted that La Biancocelesti tapped up the player and asked FIFA to investigate their claim that he was illegally approached before he ran out of contract at Anfield in the summer.
With Italian Serie A clubs permitted to name 23 players in their match day squads, it is looking likely that Adekanye will be called up for the game versus Sampdoria, as he featured for the first team in pre-season.