Lack of proper development remains the main reason as to why Nigerian players fail to succeed in German Bundesliga, says former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie.
In recent years, a number of Nigerian players have struggled to make an impact in the Bundesliga. Notably, Victor Osimhen, one of the most promising talents failed to live up to the expectations during his time with Wolfburg in 2017. However, the forward has been impressive in Ligue 1 with Lille in the 2019/20 campaign. Countrymate Taiwo Awoniyi has also struggled at German clubs, Mainz and Frankfurt.
"During our time, we were given plenty of time to develop. Austin Okocha played for Neunkirchen before landing in Frankfurt. I played for several second division clubs before getting the nod to the first division,” Akpoborie said as quoted by the Punchng.
"The space from the first and second division to the Nigerian league has grown too large. If only they could allow some Nigerian players feature in the third division as a springboard. But they don’t allow that again. We played in the second and third divisions and that prepared us."
The 51-year-old played his entire senior football career in Germany for 12 years, featuring clubs like Hansa Rostock, VfB Stuttgart, and VfL Wolfsburg, netting 158 goals in 370 appearances across all competitions.