Though Nigeria national team Manager, Gernot Rohr is optimistic that Hoffenheim defender, Kevin Akpoguma, would one day opt for the Super Eagles shirt his decision still lies on German Coach, Joachim Löw inviting him to the Die Mannschaft
Last year, Nigeria national team Manager, Gernot Rohr had reiterated his optimism when he was in Europe to embark on a scouting mission where he watched the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt that the former German youth international would play for Nigeria as against his country of birth, Germany.
Rohr had revealed his delight after watching the central defender and said he plans to hold talks with Akpoguma over an invitation ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
‘’I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for. But he’ll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colours of Nigeria and I’ll call him in the next few days,’’ Rohr had told SWR then.
The defender added that it’s an honour to see Rohr showing interest in him but he is German and wants to represent the Die Mannschaft.
“That honours me, of course, but I’m German, I was born here, so I should play for Germany too,’’ adds the former German U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 international.
Few days after saying he wants to focus on progressing through the ranks of Germany, Akpoguma said he had left the door open over a potential switch of allegiance to Nigeria.
He granted an interview on a sports programme in Germany, where he confirmed he was open to the idea of playing for Nigeria.
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