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EXCLUSIVE: How I Convinced My Son To Play For Nigeria — Torunarigha’s Father

EXCLUSIVE: How I Convinced My Son To Play For Nigeria — Torunarigha’s Father

Ojokojo Torunarigha has revealed how he convinced his son Jordan to switch nationality and represent the Nigeria national team.

Jordan turned down chance to play for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite strong plea from former Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr.

The centre-back played for Germany at youth level, but announced in June 2023 that he has switched allegiance to represent Nigeria.

Torunarigha is now in line to make his debut for the Super Eagles against Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday (today).

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“He rejected the chance to play for the Super Eagles in the past, but I had to convince him to change his mind,” Ojokojo told Completesports.com.

“He was like I have never come down to Nigeria before, i don’t know much about the country.

“But I had to sit him down and tell him beautiful things about the country. I told him how passionate Nigerians are about football and how much they will appreciate him.

“So far, he is loving the experience of coming down here. This is his first time in Nigeria and we hope he will play for the Super Eagles for a long time.”

By Adeboye Amosu in Uyo

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  • Incredible!
    Could it be that we Nigerians are so gullible?
    Or maybe suffering from some sort of collective amnesia?
    From politics to sports, we are almost always taken for a ride, played for a fool.

  • Empire 9 months ago

    Ojokojo Torunarigha must be talking to kids, at 26,  he simply does not have future with German Senior team. Someone who rejected World Cup, gladly accepted to play São Tomé? 
    As a father you failed him, at the age of 26, he has never visited Nigeria? Come Ojokojo that is the height of irresponsibility.  Watched Japan thrashing German team 4:1 last night. 
    Jordan Torunarigha best of luck bro!

  • Papafem 9 months ago

    Its the other way round. Someone that said terrible things about Nigeria and the nation team back then, when he thought his son was young and had a fighting chance of playing for Germsny, is suddenly singing a different song now. Anyways, I can’t blame them. The country has made it easy for them to walk into the team even after taking us for a ride

  • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

    At 26, your son had never visited Nigeria…..sounds more like it was the father who hated and had a grudge against Nigeria and not the son.

  • Drogo 9 months ago

    Baseless excuse, we not interested, just pray he performs.

  • Ako Amadi 9 months ago

    Same lies broadcast by Saka’s father! These rwo parents think Nigerians are gullible fools. Maybe they’re not as educated as Alex Iwobi’s father

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