Former German U-20 national team captain, Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma has been given permission by FIFA to switch his nationality from Germany to Nigeria.
Akpoguma was a surprised inclusion in Coach Gernot Rohr’s squad for the international friendly games against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria.
The Hoffenheim center-back who has represented Germany 62 times in age-grade football will now play for the three-time African champions.
Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, confirmed in a tweet on Monday that FIFA has granted the 25-year-old permission to switch his nationality.
“However, I’m extremely happy to announce that FIFA 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.
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Kevin Akpoguma has already arrived at the team’s hotel in Austria to familiarise with his new national teammates and bond with the other players.
Defender Kenneth Omeruo and forward Moses Simon were among the early arrivals at the Super Eagles’ Hotel die Zeit an der Glan in Austria on Monday morning, ahead of the international friendly matches.
Forwards Samuel Kalu and Chidera Ejuke, defender Leon Balogun and goalkeeper Mathew Yakubu were also in the early birds’ corp. Hours later, England –based defenders William Ekong, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Olaoluwa Aina, as well as forward Kelechi Iheanacho landed in Austria. Right behind them were goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, defender Jamilu Collins, midfielder Frank Onyeka and forwards Cyril Dessers and Alex Iwobi. The other invited players were being expected in camp by Monday night.
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