Nigeria’s German-born keeper Okoye explains superior German development
Nigerian goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has spoken about his goalkeeping upbringing at German club Bayer Leverkusen, describing it as one of the best in the world.
The 19-year-old Okoye who plays for second division side, Fortuna Dusseldorf , was born to a German mother, while his father is a Nigerian man.
“German goalkeeping schools are one of the best in the world, if not the best. I schooled there for the better part of my life and career and also played in the youth ranks at Bayern Leverkusen,” Okoye said to AOI Football.
Okoye revealed working with Germany & Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen.
“I schooled with the best of the best and among them was Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen who was ahead of me then but his abilities now are not surprising because of the background he started from.
Okoye, who's yet to get a Super Eagles call up, added that Arsenal’s Bernd Leno was also a player he trained with.
“At Bayern Leverkusen, I also trained with Bernd Leno and that really helped me as the coaches told me to keep improving because they saw potentials in me,” Okoye concluded.