ROHR TARGETS AKPOGUMA’S SWITCH FROM GERMANY TO NIGERIA

ROHR TARGETS AKPOGUMA’S SWITCH FROM GERMANY TO NIGERIA
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Nigerian-born Kevin Akpoguma who captained Germany to beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 1-0 at the Round of 16 of the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand may change allegiance to the Super Eagles.

According to reports gathered from BBC, Akpoguma who is of both Germany and Nigerian parentage may have switched his allegiance to Nigeria.

He is eligible for both countries at the senior level even though he had featured for Germany at both u16 and u20 levels.

It was gathered from BBC that Nigeria’s German coach, Gernot Rohr remarked that his vision for Nigeria persuaded former Germany youth captain to commit his international future to the Super Eagles.

Akpoguma, 25, who plays for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, has a German mother and a Nigerian father – making him eligible to play for the three-time African champions.

And, despite 62 Germany caps from under-16 to under-21 level, the defender has 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.

Since the Rohr took charge in August 2016, the number of players born overseas has risen with the arrivals of Ola Aina, Brian Idowu, Tyronne Ebuehi, Joe Aribo, Maduka Okoye, Kingsley Ehizibue and Cyril Dessers.