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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:46 am 
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... if he fails to get called up by Löw

https://guardian.ng/sport/ive-not-closed-door-on-nigeria-says-akpoguma/

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Kevin Akpoguma is rated by world football governing body, FIFA as one of the future stars of the game.

The Hoffenheim defender, who captained Germany at the 2015 U-20 World Cup has played for the Die Mannschaft at all the youth levels, but he is yet to play for the main team of the 2014 world champions.

And so, he is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles.

Akpoguma has a Nigerian father and a German mother, which makes him eligible to play for either of the two countries.

But the talented defender prefers to wait for a chance with the German team and will decide to switch allegiance to Nigeria if he failed to get the chance with Joachim Loew’s team.

He told The Guardian after Hoffenheim’s 4-0 defeat of Stuttgart that he has thought hard of playing for Nigeria, adding, “but the thing is that I was born in Germany and I have played for all the youth teams of Germany and I am still a young player.

“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.”

Akpoguma disclosed that members of his family have not put pressure on him to choose any of the two countries, adding, “My father has told me to listen to my heart… he doesn’t want to put pressure on me to make any decision. It is very important I make the right decision.

“There are some examples like Prince Boateng of Ghana, who only played for Ghana in the World Cup and retired after that. I believe that if you want to play for a country I think you should play for that country with love and passion. It makes no sense leaving after a few games. That is why if I play for Nigeria I should be in a position to play my whole career for them. No half measures.

“Gernot Rohr visited us here in Hoffenheim and talked a lot about the young team he is building. I saw it at the World Cup; there are very good players like Iwobi, Ndidi and Leon Balogun. He explained all the things because I had a good conversation with him. But as I said, I want to leave every door open. When the time comes, I will let the world know my decision.”



I'll say make up your mind, lad...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:35 am 
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Kid had stated he did not want to play for Nigeria and we have since closed the door on him and moved on.
Don't know why this is being revisited.
Wish him good luck in his quest to play for the Germans.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:54 am 
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Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:55 pm 
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LOL classic German who is pretty blunt and says what he means. Of course we are his second choice, oh well, i hope he gets a chance with Germany, when he gets tired of waiting, we may not have a spot for him.

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Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!
Too 'big' because we are top 4 in the world and are spoilt for choice? Or top 10? Or top 20?

Or too 'big' because we have 50-60million potential world beaters wasting away in Naija, battling with malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhoea and all the rest but will somehow still make it through and reach their full footballing potential in a national football league that is itself anaemic and malnourished?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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LOL classic German who is pretty blunt and says what he means. Of course we are his second choice, oh well, i hope he gets a chance with Germany, when he gets tired of waiting, we may not have a spot for him.
That will be fantastic becos it means we'd have a choice of players far better than him. An 'abundance of riches' is what we all pray for. :thumb:

If however, even after a delay, Akpoguma still stands head and shoulders above whatever we have available to us, what do we do?

We dey make mouth like say we and Jamni dey di same category.
Amen to that.

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Damunk wrote:
Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!
Too 'big' because we are top 4 in the world and are spoilt for choice? Or top 10? Or top 20?

Or too 'big' because we have 50-60million potential world beaters wasting away in Naija, battling with malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhoea and all the rest but will somehow still make it through and reach their full footballing potential in a national football league that is itself anaemic and malnourished?

:lol: :lol: :lol:


If and when he decides to play for us Rohr and NFF will immediately file the papers, its as simple as that...

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maceo4 wrote:
Damunk wrote:
Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!
Too 'big' because we are top 4 in the world and are spoilt for choice? Or top 10? Or top 20?

Or too 'big' because we have 50-60million potential world beaters wasting away in Naija, battling with malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhoea and all the rest but will somehow still make it through and reach their full footballing potential in a national football league that is itself anaemic and malnourished?

:lol: :lol: :lol:


If and when he decides to play for us Rohr and NFF will immediately file the papers, its as simple as that...
Yup.
My amusement is with all those that feel we are 'too big' at the moment to be considered as a second choice by those making it to the fringes of the national teams of the world's elite football nations.

I mean, we're not talking about Vietnam or Indonesia here.

Maybe one day sha we go reach there.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:12 pm 
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Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!

KPAM! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: However, I commend his honesty in the matter

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:00 pm 
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Damunk wrote:
metalalloy wrote:
LOL classic German who is pretty blunt and says what he means. Of course we are his second choice, oh well, i hope he gets a chance with Germany, when he gets tired of waiting, we may not have a spot for him.
That will be fantastic becos it means we'd have a choice of players far better than him. An 'abundance of riches' is what we all pray for. :thumb:

If however, even after a delay, Akpoguma still stands head and shoulders above whatever we have available to us, what do we do?

We dey make mouth like say we and Jamni dey di same category.
Amen to that.



Yup hence the word "may".

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Abeg take the kid if Germany reject him. Maybe we will finally beat Argentina at the WC on the 6th try and make the QFs for the first time.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:41 pm 
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This reads like another ploy to get Germany to call him up..... like Bob Marley said ‘I don’t wanna wait in vain for your Love’


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Damunk wrote:
Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!
Too 'big' because we are top 4 in the world and are spoilt for choice? Or top 10? Or top 20?

Or too 'big' because we have 50-60million potential world beaters wasting away in Naija, battling with malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhoea and all the rest but will somehow still make it through and reach their full footballing potential in a national football league that is itself anaemic and malnourished?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Desailly left African aged 4 and later claimed he felt more french than Ghanian. Drogba left for France also aged 5 but always identified as African. It’s a personal something coupled with upbringing and society that influence identity.

Now imagine that the Liberian president’s son plays for USA and not Liberia! It’s not necessarily status that influence this decision but personal values. We are thankful to the Iwobi,ekongs, Balogun, Agboola, odemwingie, idowus, Aina etc that still identify as us


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Tell him to sod off!

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Guys stop fighting over Panadol for someone else headache; identity and belonging isn't solely occasioned in genetic factors. social construct component of it is even a much bigger variable. He does not see what you and neither do you see what he sees.

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Tell him to sod off!

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oloye wrote:
Tell him to sod off!


I understand where you are coming from because we all want players who want to play for Nigeria. But it's not by force. The young man has been open and honest about it and I can respect that.

The question now is about our response to his stance on his international career. Under no circumstances should we disturb the guy again. If he should decide to play for Nigeria in the future (as d#$% Etuhu did after initially spurning our overtures) it will be up to him to court us and not vice versa.


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Yes we are too big even though some of our high achievers still have inferiority complex!

We are too big because our passion for football is second to none! Future SE, no matter where dem born am must dream green white green first and foremost!

But I do understand your acceptance of being someone’s second choice.

Cmoke :D

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Na u be expert but Europe and South America no get disease?


Damunk wrote:
Cmoke wrote:
Naija is too big to be anybody’s second choice!
Too 'big' because we are top 4 in the world and are spoilt for choice? Or top 10? Or top 20?

Or too 'big' because we have 50-60million potential world beaters wasting away in Naija, battling with malaria, typhoid, malnutrition, diarrhoea and all the rest but will somehow still make it through and reach their full footballing potential in a national football league that is itself anaemic and malnourished?

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To me, our pikin na our pikin, no matter what jerseys they wear. Why else would I find myself supporting Austria . No be say Alaba dey field?

As for SE, lets start by calling those passionately making SE their first choice.

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Desailly left African aged 4 and later claimed he felt more french than Ghanian. Drogba left for France also aged 5 but always identified as African. It’s a personal something coupled with upbringing and society that influence identity.

Now imagine that the Liberian president’s son plays for USA and not Liberia! It’s not necessarily status that influence this decision but personal values. We are thankful to the Iwobi,ekongs, Balogun, Agboola, odemwingie, idowus, Aina etc that still identify as us


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