World Football governing body, FIFA, has granted the application of Hoffenheim defender, Kevin Akpoguma, to switch his international allegiance from German to Nigeria.
The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, took to his Twitter handle Monday evening to announce that Kevin Akpoguma had switched his allegiance and would join the Nigerian senior national team. Pinnick wrote;
“I’m extremely happy to announce that @FIFAcom has just granted Hoffenheim defender and former German U-20 national team skipper Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma permission to make his switch to Nigeria with immediate effect,” Pinnick tweeted.
The NFF had first announced that Akpoguma had joined the Eagles camp in Austria last Wednesday. Even though he was invited for the upcoming international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia he is meant to familiarise himself with the Super Eagles set-up while he awaited his FIFA clearance.
Kevin Akpoguma is of a Nigerian father and a German mother, he had first shown his interest in representing Nigeria international in 2018
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.
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