FIFA grants Akpoguma permission to play for Nigeria


Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has announced FIFA’s approval of Kevin Akpoguma to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles.

The central defender represented Germany at various youth levels and he also captained the European country at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals.

Akpoguma was born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father on 19 April 1995.

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Pinnick took to his official Twitter account to make the announcement ahead of the Super Eagles’ two international friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia.

“I’m extremely happy to announce that FIFA has just granted Hoffenheim defender and former German U20 national team skipper Kevin Ufuoma Akpoguma permission to make his switch to Nigeria with immediate effect,” Pinnick tweeted.

Akpoguma is part of the Super Eagles squad in Austria where they are scheduled to take on Algeria and Tunisia on October 09 and October 13 respectively.

The former Fortuna Dusseldorf player will be hoping to make his senior international debut as Nigeria prepare for next month 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The Super Eagles will lock horns with Sierra Leone in two back-to-back AFCON qualifiers.

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