Nigeria or Germany: Kevin Akpoguma in dilemma over international future

Kevin Akpoguma

Kelvin Akpoguma had already played for Germany’s youth teams but his international future is yet to be decided.

The 21-year-old defender has been phenomenal for Hannover 96 so far this season and his blistering performances has forced Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr to knock on his door.

Prior to Russia 2018 World Cup, the Franco-German manager tried all he could to see the youngster represent his father’s country at the Mundial but he failed to achieve his aim as all his efforts were fruitless.

In the player’s comment over his international future last year, playing for the European giants was his childhood dream and he won’t stop until he achieved it.

Some months after his comments, the Hannover 96 defender seemed to have change his stand over his initial decision as he revealed that he might consider playing for the African powerhouse.

According to him, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have contacted him (via his dad) over the possibility of playing for them but he is waiting for Germany’s invitation.

”Gernot Rohr is still interested and would be happy, but I do not want to close the door to the German national team.”

However, he said he might consider playing for Nigeria in the future should the 2014 World Cup winners failed to invite him to the senior squad.

Meanwhile, his latest interview with German media outlet Kicker (German language) was very different from his previous one. He revealed his determination to continue working hard until he gets a maiden call-up from Germany national team head coach Joachim Low.

He added via All Nigerian Soccer:

“Even if Joachim Löw calls me at the age of 27 for a game or two, that would be an honor for me, because Germany is the country where I was born.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his international future, the no-nonsense defender has been rock-solid at the back for the Bundesliga side and he was awarded a new contract deal by the club last year.

The new offer by Hannover could be seen as a way to block any club from capturing for his signature at the ongoing transfer window.