Though born in England, Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria, the country of birth of his parents.
The player represented England at the U-18 level against Italy last year and is yet to make the a full international appearance for the ''Three Lions'' which will automatically foreclose a nationality switch.
But Keshi must make a formal approach to the player, who must also agree to play for Nigeria before the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can initiate the necessary processes required under international football laws before he can be eligible to represent Nigeria.
In several cases, the processes may take up to six months before he can be cleared, while the effort could be futile if England also extends an invitation to him to play for the main national team.
Last year, Nigeria successfully cleared Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi, who had already represented England at youth levels for the Super Eagles, but similar effort made this year to convince German-born Sydney Sam to switch failed as the player eventually preferred Germany to Nigeria.
By Olawale Ajimotokan