German-born Hoffenheim defender gives condition to NFF

German Bundesliga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 29/10/2018

German-born central defender Kevin Akpoguma has admitted that he is ready to dump Germany for Super Eagles if he is not handed a call-up to by Joachim Low for the dethroned World Champions in the nearest future.

The 23-year-old star 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 feature for a country of the birth national team.

The Nigeria Football Federation have been trying to convince Akpoguma to switch allegiance to Nigeria, where his father hails from for the past four years with Super Eagles coach Genort Rohr paid him a visit but the defender turned down the opportunity to represent the time African Champions.

Akpoguma told The Guardian's Christian Okpara that: ''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 has also caught the attention of manager Gernot Rohr, and the former Bayern Munich defender was unable to sweet talk him into joining the Super Eagles.

''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,'' he concluded.

Sidney Sam (VfL Bochum), Dennis Aogo (VfB Stuttgart) and retired Borussia Dortmund star Patrick Owomoyela opted to represent Germany senior national team at international level ahead of Nigeria and it remains to be seen which country Akpoguma will eventually play for.