Former Germany U-20 Captain Switches Allegiance From Germany To Nigeria
FIFA have granted the application of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender, Kevin John Ufuoma Akpoguma, to switch international allegiance from Germany to Nigeria. President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, announced this on his Twitter page Monday evening.
The NFF had earlier announced in the statement on Wednesday that the 25-year-old former Germany U-20 captain, who was not invited for the friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia – had joined the Eagles camp in Austria to familiarise with the team set-up while awaiting FIFA clearance.
Born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany, Akpoguma, who has a Nigerian father and a German mother, had in 2018 first signified his intention to play for the Eagles. Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr however told BBC in September that he had convinced the defender to play for Nigeria.
Akpoguma represented Germany from U-16 level to the U-21s, and captained the German U-20 side at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, helping the Europeans beat Nigeria’s U-20 side 1-0 in the Round of 16.