I’m Proud to Play for Nigeria – Akpoguma
The 25-year-old defender has expressed his delight after making his first look for the West Africans
Hoffenheim centre-back Kevin Akpoguma has revealed he’s proud to make his debut for the Nigeria nationwide crew.
The 25-year-old was born to a German mom and a Nigerian father which makes him eligible to characterize each international locations.
He beforehand starred for Germany at youth stage earlier than committing his worldwide future to the West Africans after assembly with Tremendous Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.
He was subsequently invited to the Nigeria camp, making ready for a pleasant in opposition to the Desert Foxes as he awaited his clearance from Fifa.
The defender bought the inexperienced gentle to characterize the three-time African champions earlier than their sport in opposition to Algeria in Austria on Friday.
Akpoguma was afforded his first Tremendous Eagles look within the encounter, changing Twente defender Tyronne Ebuehi after the hour mark.
The centre-back gave a superb account of himself however his effort was not sufficient to assist the West African nation keep away from defeat.
Akpoguma has expressed his pleasure to make his debut for Nigeria and appears ahead to raised days with the Tremendous Eagles.
“I’m very impressed and proud to be a Nigerian participant absolutely. I’m wanting ahead to the most effective video games already,” Akpoguma instructed the media.
“We misplaced [against Algeria] however we tried our greatest to get some extent from the sport as a result of within the final 10 minutes we pressured them properly however we, nevertheless, did not get the wanted equalizer.”
Nigeria will subsequent tackle Tunisia in one other pleasant on Tuesday earlier than slugging it out in opposition to Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations qualifying sport in November.
Akpoguma hopes the Tremendous Eagles can study from their defeat in opposition to Algeria and safe optimistic ends in their subsequent outings.
“It’s only a check sport and I’m certain the coaches have seen what we are able to enhance on,” he continued.
“So, now we’re wanting ahead to our subsequent sport and most significantly our Afcon qualifiers subsequent month,” he concluded.
Akpoguma is likely one of the key members of Hoffenheim and has featured in additional than 30 video games for the facet throughout all competitions since his arrival on the membership in 2015.