Former Germany captain reveals why he chose Super Eagles ahead of Nigeria vs Algeria friendly match

AUSTRIA – Hoffeinheim defender, Kevin Akpoguma, has revealed his conviction about the potential in the Nigerian national team, swaying him to switch his allegiance from Germany.

Akpoguma, born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, has played for Germany at youth level.

He even captained the U-20 side, but has now been cleared by FIFA to play for the Super Eagles.

Akpoguma could make his debut for Nigeria, when they play Algeria on Friday or Tunisia on Tuesday.

“I decided for Nigeria because I see a lot of potential in the team, in the country,” Akpoguma told the Super Eagles media team in an Instagram conversation.

“We have top players like Sammy [Chukwueze], Victor [Osimhen], Wilfred Ndidi, [Alex] Iwobi – they are top players, they are playing in top leagues.

“If you put all of them together you’ll have a great team, for me, it is a big honour to play with these guys.

“It’s not like you are German-born and want to play for Nigeria, everything is going automatically, I have to prove myself on the pitch.

“It’s not like you just come from Europe and you are directly in the side, you have to train hard to be successful as a team. That’s what I like about the team and that’s why I decided to play for my fatherland.”

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