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Rohr: How I Convinced Akpoguma To Choose Nigeria Over Germany

Rohr: How I Convinced Akpoguma To Choose Nigeria Over Germany

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has revealed how he was able to convince former Germany youth captain Kevin Akpoguma to commit his international future Nigeria.

Akpoguma, 25, who plays for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, has a German mother and a Nigerian father – which qualifies him to play for the Super Eagles.

And, despite 62 Germany caps from under-16 to under-21 level, Akpoguma opted to capitalise on the Fifa rules which allows him to switch allegiances.

“It was not my job to convince [Kevin] Akpoguma to come and play for Nigeria,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“I had a good conversation with him and his family while watching several games in Hoffenheim.

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“After the matches we met and could talk. I presented our projects and I could speak about the team, about this incredible period in the Super Eagles and my vision for the team.

“He was sold on this and would love to be a part of the team and play in big international competitions like the Africa Cup of Nations or even the World Cup.”

Since Rohr took charge in August 2016, the number of players born overseas has risen.

Among players who have switched allegiance to Nigeria are Ola Aina, Brian Idowu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Joe Aribo, Maduka Okoye, Kingsley Ehizibue and Cyril Dessers.

And amid Rohr’s excitement about the prospect of working with Akpoguma, he admits that he will have to wait before welcoming him into the Super Eagles fold.

“We are very happy about the decision of Kevin Akpoguma to switch from Germany to Nigeria,” Rohr said.

“Because he played for Germany at youth levels, the process is not finished yet because Fifa must give the authorisation.

“He has fulfilled the written request to switch and we only await the good news that he can finally play for us.

“It’s too soon to expect him to play our two friendlies in October, but hopefully for the Nations Cup qualifiers in November.”

Born in the western town of Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Akpoguma started his professional career at Karlsruhe SC and also played for Fortuna Düsseldorf.

He was part of the German side that won the 2014 European U-19 Championship.

Also, he captained Germany at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, helping them beat Nigeria 1-0 in the second round.

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  • This is great news. Thank you Gernot Rohr. The addition of Kevin Akpoguma,Felix Uduokhai,Jordan Torunarigha,Felix Agu,China Okoroji,Kingsley Ehizibue and Tosin Adarabioyo to the Super Eagles defence line will make it impregnable for opposing strikers. Even Lionel Messi,Robert Lewandoski and Kylian Mbappe will find it difficult to score against Nigeria. There is this thing about German-born defenders,they are tough,posses neat tackling skills and unyielding. Players with German blood can cover every blade of grass on the field for 120 minutes without getting tired. Leon Balogun, in his prime,is a good example. Welcome to your fatherland,Kevin Akpoguma!We ,Super Eagles fans,cannot wait to see you in the Green and White colours.

     
    • Olusegun.B. 1 month ago

      I have to admit that Rohr did great bringing these lads into the national team. I mean when players like David Alaba and Dele Alli are seen playing for other countries , you get to understand that there’s a need for others to know that there’s a rucher opportunity to play for the nation of their parents . I hope for a positive result at the end of the day . Nations cup as well as world cup champions Afterall , this should never be in vain.

      NB: I also want to say that truly charity begins at home. At least we cannot deny the rich resources of home based players as well . Players like Oshimen , Chukwueze ,Moses Simon who were not born in the diaspora but have proved that they’ve got what it takes to rule the world in their respective clubs have shown that the country is not lacking .

      There’s a whole lot of players all around the world I sure hope we pick the very best.

      Look into the young real Madrid player Marvin Akinabi Park and Arsenal’s Bukayo Sala. Let’s set our sight at the throne.

       
      • It wasn’t Alaba’s fault, does anyone think that he would play in the World Cup with Austria, with no disrespect to them. They have to compete with natinal teams like England, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Belgium and upcoming Norway, Romania and Hungary to qualify for the Big Tournaments. He is a World Class Player, whether on LB or CB (a few question marks) and he would get his chance at winning something and maybe more if Nigeria hadn’t needed asking for bride.In fact apart from him, I only know Arnatouvic and he now plays in China with Benitez(looks like he might retire soon).

        I duelly like your comment, so I liked it.

         
  • Empire 1 month ago

    No Nigeria coach would have done what this man is doing in terms player management…The era of super chicken disappeared with his arrival… we have enviable super eagles, with this man gathering a team that will beat the world.. No more coach and players disputes, no more call up for the unmerited players, leap from 67 fifa ranking to 29… this team is gradually taking shape, Africa cup of nation’s finals and quarterfinals of the next World Cup… it’s doable… let’s go !!! 

     
    • Olusegun.B. 1 month ago

      May I clear it out for you that Super Eagles were never Super chickens in the first place. It was actually the Ghanian fans who started calling us that and we we started following suit. We shouldn’t be doing that at all. That someone calls another person useless doesn’t mean that such statement is true. . The same Ghanian fans that called our team such where is their national team now . So you see Super Eagles is still super . It’s just that they’re in a phase of rising above the ashes . Wait till you see this team win both the nations cup as well as the world cup and there you’ll understand what I’m saying .

      African have beef with African . So it’s logical that African nations would have something to say about the Super Eagles in football or issues that concerns the nation because they see that we have what they don’t have and that is a blessed human talents. It’s one of the issues of life .

       
  • Chairmanfemi 1 month ago

    Felix Uduokhai is even a better defender than Kevin Akpoguma. I watch Hoffenhiems game well. He makes silly mistakes as a Defender, scores own goal well, Unwarranted Red cards. Compared to Augsburg Uduokhai, young left footed center back with great composure than Kevin. Anyways, the Coach has seen something in him to invite him so he’s welcome.

    As for some people on this forum that once said it takes up to 8-12 months to complete FIFA Switch of Allegiance, Hope una eye don clear now?? Am sure Kevin has not filed this stuff since January yet he’s going to be available for November qualifiers if FIFA work on it ASAP. So you guys can see now that Ejaria can file this month and be available even for November Friendlies that’s if he has not even filed.

     
    • It takes up to 12 months or even more for an English-capped player and less for players capped by other countries.

       
    • Dr. Drey. 1 month ago

      Hahahaha…you think FIFA is just a post office that just appends a stamp on every document that comes its way…??? LMAO. Oga calm down and dont be in a rush.

      Please show us anywhere in the above report that shows he applied only last week or last month. Clearly stated in the report is Rohr indicating he had been having contacts with his family for a good deal of time… “….I had a good conversation with him and his family while watching SEVERAL games in Hoffenheim…” Several is not 2 or 3 games…several is say from 5 and above……so definitely those “several games” weren’t this season or post corona season when fans were not allowed near the stadium. Oga read between the lines and use your tongue to count your teeth.

      We all know Rohr always wants this nationality switch thing to be discrete, especially at the initial stage. He has frowned severally at publicizing after just 1 dinner and instagram photoshoot with a player. That of Ehizube took EVERYONE by surpise….but it wasnt a day’s job. It wasnt just one meeting. Just as he stated watching several hoffenheim games, he also watched and met the kid severally too at Koln. Those who will play for us in 2021 are already in the process as at now. That is why no matter how much we clamour for Saka’s invitiation, and no matter how much he is willing to play for us, the earliest he can do so will be in 2021.

      Before a switch is approved by FIFA a panel must sit on a periodic and adjudicate on the application after due diligence have been carried out on the players former and later football federations. Then before the said player will now also apply for and obtain ID documents of the Nation he is switching too. The final notification of approval is only but the final stage of a lengthy painstaking process…..it is not all as straight forward as purchasing recharge card on the street bros….Lolz. The earliest switch I know of is that of a French-Algerian player and it took a lot of fast tracking from both FA’s and Immigration officials to make it happen in 6 months in time for the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

      Ejaria can never apply this month and get approval by next month even if he was infantino’s son…LMAO….person wey don apply since last year….Lolz. Some of those who have applied even since last year have not even been approved yet. Aina applied in 2017 after the London camp and got his in 2018 (about a year and few months after).

       
  • Father Beezy 1 month ago

    Seems like an average player, judging from his stat. I doubt if Germany came calling, he would still choose Naija.

     
  • What has Rohr done with those who have already switched allegiance to Nigeria? Are they not good enough? He has not been using them much but he is looking for more.

     
  • Full list of players with dual nationality courted and scouted by Super Eagles coach,Gernot Rohr and the NFF both in the past and presently since he came in 2016

    1.Kevin Akpoguma(Germany)-TSG Hoffenheim of Germany
    2.Felix Uduokhai(Germany)-FC Augsburg of Germany
    3.Jordan Torunarigha(Germany)-Hertha BSC of Germany
    4.Felix Agu(Germany)-Weeder Bremen of Germany
    5.Chima Okoroji(England/Germany)-SC Paderborn of Germany
    6.Noah Sarenren Bazee(Germany)-FC Augsburg of Germany
    7.Fabian Senninger(Germany)-formerly of Hannover 96 of Germany
    8.Pharrel Nnamdi Collins(Germany)-Borussia Dortmund of Germany
    9.Noah Atubolu(Germany)-SC Freiburg of Germany
    10.Chinedu Ekene(Germany)-TSG Hoffenheim of Germany
    11.Ufumwen Osawe(Germany)-Bayer Leverkusen of Germany
    12.Karim David Adeyemi(Germany)-Red Bull Salzburg of Austria
    13.Emmanuel Iyoha(Germany)-Fortuna Düsseldorf of Germany
    14.Kingsley Ehizibue (The Netherlands/Germany)-FC Koln of Germany
    15.Joshua Zirkzee(The Netherlands)-Bayern Munich of Germany
    16.Bobby Adekanye(The Netherlands)-SS Lazio of Italy
    17.Cyriel Desserts(Belgium)-KRC Genk of Belgium
    18.Ryan Sanusi(Belgium)-K.Beerschot V.of Belgium
    19.Michael Olise(France/England)-Reading FC of England
    20.Lesley Ugochukwu(France)-Rennes FC of France
    21.Philip Billing(Denmark)-AFC Bournemouth of England
    22.Sebastian Ogenna Osigwe(Switzerland)-FC Lugano of Switzerland
    23.Kenneth Otigba(Hungary)-FC Ferencvaros of Hungary
    24.Tobias Okiki Lawal(Austria)-LASK Linz of Austria
    25.Philip Ejimadu(Brazil/USA)-Los Angeles FC of USA
    26.Chiba Akpom(England)-Middlesbrough FC of England
    27.Ademola Lookman(England)-RB Leipzig of Germany
    28.Ovie Ejaria(England)-Reading FC of England
    28.Tosin Adarabioyo(England)-Liverpool FC of England
    29.Josh Onomah(England)-Fulham FC of England
    30.Dominic Iorfa Jnr.(England)-Sheffield Wednesday of England
    31.Eberechi Eze(England)-Crystal Palace of England
    32.Bukayo Saka(England)-Arsenal FC of England
    33.Jordon Ibe(England)-formerly of AFC Bournemouth of England
    34.Moses Odubajo(England)-Sheffield Wednesday of England
    35.Sheyi Ojo(England)-Cardiff City of Wales(England Championship League)
    36.Viv Solomon-Otabor(England)-Wigan Athletic of England
    37.Arthur Okonkwo(England)-Arsenal FC of England
    38.Ike Ugbo(England)-Cercles Bruges of Belgium
    39.Tosin Kehinde(England)-Randers FC of Denmark
    40.Bright Osayi-Samuel(England)-Queens Park Rangers of England
    41.Luke Ayodele Amos(England)-Queens Park Rangers of England
    42.Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park(Spain/South Korea)-Real Madrid of Spain
    43.Jamal Musiala(England/Germany)-Bayern Munich of Germany
    44.Calvin Bassey Ughelumba(England/Italy)-Glasgow Rangers of Scotland
    45.Osaze Urhoghide(England)-Sheffield Wednesday of England
    46.Folarin Balogun (England/USA)-Arsenal FC of England
    47.Gavin Bazunu(Republic of Ireland)-Rochdale of England
    48.Osayamen Osawe(England)
    49.Jalil Anibaba(USA)
    50.Ismahil Akinade(Republic of Ireland)

    Those “snatched” from Gernot Rohr
    1.Tammy Abraham(England)-Chelsea FC of England
    2.Fikayo Tomori(England/Canada)-Chelsea FC
    3.Karim Onisiwo(Austria)
    4.Arnault Danjuma-Groeneveld(The Netherlands
    5.Michael Obafemi(Republic vof Ireland)
    6.Noah Okafor (Switzerland)

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    • @Hilary, the list is not complete oh. Lolz

       
      • @BigD,well,you can suggest the names of other players with dual nationality being scouted by Nigeria to play for the Super Eagles since 2016…Lolz.

        Maybe you wanted me include Stefano Chuka Okaka(Italy),Nedum Onuoha(England),Dennis Aogo(Germany),Sydney Sam(Germany) etc but they were wooed in the past far before 2016 when Rohr arrived.

         
    • Olusegun.B. 1 month ago

      Damn ! This is a wholeful
      Tell me if they cannot produce as many as 7 super Eagles teams with this lists. Wow !

       
  • At 25 and with no German invite coming his way, it’s natural for Kelvin Akpoguma to switch to his plan B(Nigeria). If Germany had invited him same time Nigeria showed interest, I bet he would hopped onto the German ship.

    I remember Nigeria had been on his case before now, but he waited and waited and hoped for Germany to knock on his door. But having clocked 25 and with no show from Germany, guy man grudgingly says “yes I do” to Nigeria.

    I’m not impressed

     
  • At 25 and with no German invite coming his way, it’s natural for Kelvin Akpoguma to switch to his plan B(Nigeria). If Germany had invited him same time Nigeria showed interest, I bet he would hopped onto the German ship.

    I remember Nigeria had been on his case before now, but he waited and waited and hoped for Germany to knock on his door. But having clocked 25 and with no show from Germany, guy man grudgingly says “yes I do” to Nigeria.

    I’m least impressed

     
  • Players with dual nationality capped by Gernot Rohr since assuming duties as Super Eagles gaffer in 2016

    1.Maduka Okoye(Germany)-Sparta Rotterdam of The Netherlands
    2.Brian Idowu(Russia)-FC Khimki of Russia
    3.Tyrone Ebuehi(The Netherlands)-FC Twente of The Netherlands
    4.Ola Aina(England)-Fulham FC of England
    5.Semi Ajayi(England)-West Bromwich Albion of England
    6.Joe Aribo(England) and Glasgow Rangers of Scotland
    7.Josh Maja(England) and Girondins Bordeaux of France

    Note: Super Eagles players with dual nationality who have played under Gernot Rohr like Alex Iwobi(England),Leon Balogun (Germany), William Troost-Ekong(The Netherlands), Victor Moses(England) and Carl Ikeme(England) were capped before the Coming of the German coach.

     
  • @ Hilary….What of ..
    *Jonas David (Hamburg)
    *Mandela Egbo (Germany)
    * The Bennets brothers (Keanan and Ryan)
    * Miguel Azeez (Arsenal)
    * Ogechika Heil (Hamburg)
    the list is more than that

     
    • @Sean,I so much appreciate your contribution. Jonas David(Germany)-Hamburg SV was scouted for Nigeria’s U20 team,the Flying Eagles. Mandela Chinweizu Egbo(England)-who now plays in the USA was scouted for Nigeria U23,Keanan Bennetts and Jayden Bennetts(Eligible for both England and Germany) were scouted for the last Flying Eagles team,Miguel Azeez(Eligible for Spain and England) was scouted for the last Nigeria U17. Ogechika Heil ( not much is known about this one).But I am talking about Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles!Thank you all the same.

       
  • @Sean,now let’s roll…
    List of players with dual nationality scouted by the NFF for the last Flying Eagles squad under coach Paul Aigbogun
    1.Jonathan Zaccala(Italy)
    2.Tom Dele-Bashiru(England)
    3.Fisayo Dele-Bahiru(England)
    4.Keanan Bennetts England/Germany)
    5.Hayden Bennetts (England/Germany)
    6.Nnamdi Ofoborh(England)
    7.Ash Kigbu(England)
    8.Ali Koiki(England)
    9.Korede Adedoyin(England)
    10.Hamdi Akujobi(The Netherlands)
    11.Kelechi Kalu(Canada)
    12.Ikenna Malcolm Ezeala(Austria/Germany)
    13.Chinedu Ekene(Germany)
    14.Joseph Olowu(England)
    15.Bukayo Saka(England)
    16.Emanuel Aiwu(Austria)
    17.Mashkur Tagwai(England)
    18.Daniel Toma(England)
    19.Tariq Uwakwe(England)
    20.Folarin Balogun(England)
    21.Joshua Oluwayemi(England)
    23.Martin Onoabhagbe(England)
    24.Tobi Omole(England)
    25.Yusuf Ojebode(England)
    26.Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu(England)
    27.Jonas David(Germany)
    28.Ryan Alebiosu(England)
    29.Ayo Akinola(USA/Canada(
    30.Joel Asoro(Sweden)
    31.Arthur Okonkwo(England)
    32.Oladare Olufunwa(England)
    33.Moroyin Omokabi(England)
    34.Tolaji Bola(Germany)
    35.Topmann Ugochukwu Izuwa(France/Germany)
    36.Folarin Ibigoni Williams (Germany)
    37.Kelechi Chibueze(England)
    38.Emmanuel Adebiyi(England)
    39.Michael Agboola(England)
    40.Midhat Bajric(Croatia/Germany)

    Note : Out of the lot ,only the trio of goalkeeper Jonathan Zaccala as well as midfielders Nnamdi Ofoborh and Tom Dele-Bashiru made the final cut of 21 players to the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland. Thanks.

    Watch out for players with dual nationality scouted for Nigeria U23 and Nigeria U17.

     
    • Dr. Drey. 1 month ago

      Hehehehehe….weldone Hilary. You are doing well.
      Omo9ja…..come and see how to scout and discover players o…..not reading about them multiple times on allnigeriasoccer and watching a youtube vidoe and then coming here to brag you have discovered a player…..LMAO

       
      • Thanks for the compliment, the ever incisive and analytical, Dr.Drey.

        Players with dual nationality scouted by the NFF for the last Dream Team(Nigeria’s U23 national team) coached by Imama Amapakabo…

        1.Maduka Okoye(Germany)-Sparta Rotterdam of The Netherlands

        2.Philip Chijioke Ejimadu(Brazil/USA)-Los Angeles FC of USA

        3.Tosin Kehinde(England)-Randers FC of Denmark

        4.Bright Enobakhare(England)-AEK Athens of Greece

        5.Tom Dele-Bashiru(England)-Watford FC of England

        6.Olabiran Blessing Muyiwa also known as Benito(Ivory Coast)-Olimpik Donetsk of Ukraine

        7.Osaze Urhoghide(England)-Sheffield Wednesday of England

        8.Jubril Okedina(England)-Tottenham Hotspur of England

        9.Joseph Olowu(England)-Corks City of the Republic of Ireland on loan from Arsenal FC of England

        10.Mandela Chinweizu Egbo(England)-New York Red Bulls of USA

        11.Bright Osayi-Samuel(England)-QPR of England

        12.Deji Ousman-Beyreuther(Germany)-Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany

        13.Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu(England)-formerly of Stevenage FC of England(presently without club)

        14.Manny Agboola(England)-Oxford United of England

        15.Emmanuel Okokon Idem(England)-Derby County of England

        Note:Out of the lot only the trio of Bright Enobakhare,Tom Dele-Bashiru and Olabiran Blessing Muyiwa(Benito) were picked for the last Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt where the Dream failed to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics(now moved to 2021 because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

         
  • I am only worried about the Ones causing stir in big clubs at their tender ages I.e. Eberechi Eze and Bukayo Saka. The others are not so Important to me and cannot do anything our home grown talents can’t. this extending invites to every tom dick and harry that are eligible through parental Lineage or dual Nationality is becoming a joke. You see Rohr is missing the point here. At this rate we will have no Home Born stars. The Idea of Inviting players who are eligible to play for dual countries should, to do so only when they are a “special talent” and can offer something different that is Lacking and we would really benefit from (i.e. Saka and Eze’s Quality). this is what it should be about. Eze to me is the player that we can officially say we may have a new Okocha on our hands here. With Eze and Nwakali there the No.10 spot will be in good hands for years to come.

    Rohr can come here and brag all he likes about Akpoguma that is not impressive because we have players already who are on par if not better than him.

    If the story read, how I convinced Bukayo Saka and Eberechi Eze to switch allegiance ehhe then we are talking. not this crap Abeg. before you know it the team will be made up of half German Players.

    Oga Rohr!! do your Job. Go and Convince Saka and Eze to play for us that’s what we want to hear. NAWAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
    • @Ugo Iwunze.

      When will u stop criticizing this innocent foreigner?

      We once had one @OMO9JA that was always at the helm of criticizing this man but all of a sudden he change and started surporting ROHR hypocrytically (not with all his heart).

      I bet u, if this man succeeds in luring ur world best EBERECHI OKOCHA RONALDINHO MESSI MARADONA EZE; U will still find one fault against him.

      You’ve seen it several time that all these “english borns” are using nigeria to get recorgnition but u are still head bent on them.

      Can’t we do without them?
      What is so special about this Eze guy that our CHUKWUEZE, KALU, EJIKE(EJUKE) cannot do?
      (despite the fact that eze was exposed to good training faciclities at his childhood days compare to our skillful KALU, CHUKWUEZE, EJUKE or even DENNIS that were busy kicking ORANGE in the stony & rough street of Nigeria yet they still come out top).

      Spare me with this your EZE of a thing.

      If Eze is that good Let him break into england squard let us see.

      LUBBISH…

       
      • @UBFE “If Eze is that good Let him break into england squard let us see”.

        Be careful what you wish for bros. then we will have no chance of Acquiring him. Don’t let stupidity and love for Rohr cloud your thinking.

         
  • @Olusegun.B.,
    Your observation is not far from the truth.You can raise up to 10 different strong national teams with the list and more There are so many footballers of Nigerian descent abroad and most of them are ever willing to play for any of our national teams.

    Now here are players with dual nationality scouted for the last Golden Eaglets (Nigeria’s U17 national team under coach Manu Garba.

    Goalkeepers
    1.Daniel Jinadu(England)
    2.Joseph Oluwabusola(England)
    3.Prince Adegoke(England)
    4.Ovie Ejeheri(England/Uganda)
    5.Armin Olayo(Germany)
    6.Kelechi Chibueze(England)

    Defenders
    7.Iffy Udanoh(USA/England)
    8.Abdulmalik Justin Owolabi-Belewu(England/Canada)
    9.Derrick Abu(England)
    10.Ibrahim Bakare(England)
    11.Ayodeji Owoeye(England)
    12.Pharrel Nnamdi Collins(Germany)
    13.Odel Offiah(England)

    Midfielders
    14.Lesley Ugochukwu(France)
    15.Malcolm Ebiowei(England)
    16.Bob Okezie(Germany)
    17.Jamal Musiala(England)
    18.Robert Oseh(England/Republic of Ireland)
    19.Yinka Adeniji(Germany)
    20.Adrian Akande(England)
    21.Miguel Azeez(England/Spain)
    22.Nigel Aris(England)

    Forwards
    23.Andre Silveira Edionhon(England)
    24.Lateef Omidiji Jr.(USA)
    25.Kelechukwu Ebenezer Ibe-Torti(Poland)
    26.Goteh Ntignee(Canada)
    27.Osinakachi Obasi(Canada)
    28.David Omilabu(England)
    29.Emmanuel Ekong(Italy/Sweden)
    30.Tyrese Omotoye(Belgium)
    31.Chimezie Sean Akwuegbu(Austria)
    32.Bright Osamudiamen Kelly(Spain)
    33.Ruben Shakpoke(England)

    It’s not confirmed whether Chris Ojeme (England) and Joseph Johnson(England) were scouted for the Eaglets last year.

    Note: Adrian Akande and Joseph Oluwabusola were picked for the Africa U17 Cup of Nations.
    However only two England-born goalkeepers,Daniel Jinadu and Joseph Oluwabusola made the final cut of 21 players to the last FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

     
  • Gowetok 1 month ago

    @Ugo Uwunze, nothing special about Eze. Ejaria is far better than him in terms of quality passes and ball retention. I have watch both on youtube. SE dont need Eze cos he is way behind Iwobi and Ejaria. Case close. As for Saka . He is good on the wins but Nigeria is to blessed in this area so if he switches fine , if he doesn’t no wahala. We wish him good luck with England. Our defense has been our weakest link. Whatever we can do to improve this area is good. So its Rohr should be highly appreciated for convincing Kevin and Udokai to switch to Nigeria. I believe these two guys will definately improve us.

     
    • We have Kelechi Nwakali of SD Huesca,Spain and Alhassan Yusuf of IFK Göteborg of Sweden. If Frank Onyeka could be invited from the Scandinavians ,then Yusuf deserves a call considering his exploits in the Swedish league. It’s a puzzle our coaches have continued to ignore Nigerian players in Scandanavian countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway . All attention is always given to players in more established leagues in western Europe. Leke James,Samuel Adegbenro,Victor Boniface,Rilwan Hassan,Bonke Innocent, Adeleke Akinyemi,Jerome Akor Adams etc are doing well over there.Yet we keep on mentioning Eberechi Eze,Bukaya Saka,Dominic Sokanke,Philip Billing and Jordon Ibe who are not willing to play for Nigeria and may need clearance from FIFA whenever they accept Nigeria’s call.This frenzy must be checked!!!

       
  • daniel 3 weeks ago

    Oga Hillary, is like you are Enemy of progress, how can you invite players from scadinevian League and we have guys thats doing well in top level league? do you think world cup is a rehab centre? our league is bad, so nigeria need to convince more players abroad to represent us well in upcoming world cup, look at cameroun and senegal even ghana don reach semifinals but 9ja is only good in second round, so my guy we must get the right players to go far in world cup, world cup and Nations cup is not is not a childs play bro.