Hoffenheim central defender Kevin Akpoguma has given Nigeria new hope in their chase after the 23-year-old defender.
Akpoguma, 23, has featured for Germany youth teams but hasn’t got a breakthrough in his dream to play for the country’s senior team.
Despite his top class performances for the Bundesliga throughout last season, Akpoguma was overlooked by Joachim Leow while compiling his World Cup Squad in May.
It should be recalled that Super Eagles manager Genort Rohr tried to convince the player to pledge his allegiance to the African country prior to the World Cup but he failed in his ambition.
”He (Rohr) explained all the things because I had a good conversation with him. But as I said, I want to
leave every door open” Akpoguma revealed to the media.
While speaking to Christian Okpara – a reporter for the Guardian, the 23-year-old revealed he hasn’t shut the door on Nigeria but he is keen on getting Germany call-up.
According to him, he grew up in the European country and he wishes to play for the former world Champions if given the opportunity.
However, Akpoguma claimed he would consider playing for Nigeria in the future, should he fail to get an invitation from Germany any time soon.
”So, I want to leave it open because Germany can still call me. But if I have no other option to play for Germany, then I can consider playing for Nigeria because my dad is from Nigeria.” he said.
Akpoguma was born to a Nigerian father but a German mother, so, he is eligible to play for either of the countries.
Who will the highly-rated defender finally play for? that remains unknown and can only be answered as time goes on.