Stars Abroad

Hannover 96 defender Kevin Akpoguma has reportedly refused to reconsider the opportunity to play for the Super Eagles as per invitation from the Nigerian Football Federation. 

According to reports, Akpoguma says that he will not change his mind on the decision he has made as he believes that the main priority is to make his senior debut for Germany, his country of birth.

Since 2014, Akpoguma has been on the radar of the Nigeria Football Federation and national teams coaching staff.

Former Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia first invited him to a training camp in Abuja in December 2014 ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games but it was alleged that the central defender declined the invitation. 

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly expressed his interest in having Akpoguma in the squad countless times but was unable to persuade the German-born star to play for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup. 

In an interview by Kicker, Akpoguma said: ''Gernot Rohr is still interested and would be happy, but I do not want to close the door to the German national team."

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

Akpoguma has collected 64 youth caps for Germany at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 level.

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