Jamal Musiala Explains Why He Chose Germany: “I Could Have Played for Nigeria”

Jamal Musiala Explains Why He Chose Germany: “I Could Have Played for Nigeria”

Babajide Orevba
September 20, 2023 at 9:44 PM
  • Jamal Musiala was part of the German national team squad at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
  • The forward was eligible to also feature for Nigeria or England but chose his country of birth
  • Musiala has now revealed why he decided to play for Die Mannschaft over the Super Eagles

Bayern Munich star, Jamal Musiala was born in Stuttgart, Germany and was also eligible to play for England or Nigeria. However, he opted instead to star for his country of birth.

The attacking winger has so far made 23 appearances for the German national football team but has admitted that he once thought of playing for Nigeria.

Jamal Musiala, Germany, Nigeria, Super Eagles
Jamal Musiala chose Germany over Nigeria because he is more comfortable with his country of birth. Photo: NESimages
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Having shot into the limelight in 2020, Musiala has already made over 100 appearances in all competitions for the Bayern Munich first team.

The 20-year-old has already established himself as a crucial member of Die Mannschaft since he made his national team debut in 2021.

He was part of the country's squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where Germany was shockingly knocked out in the group stages.

Musiala reveals why he chose to represent Germany

Musiala previously revealed why he pledged allegiance to the European nation, per a report by Team Nigeria UK3 via Soccernet:

"I could have played for Nigeria because it crossed my mind, and I thought about it well. I had good talks with Nigeria and Germany. So it really just came down to me and where I’d feel the most comfortable. So I decided to go with Germany."

With the paucity of quality attacking midfielders in the Super Eagles, Musiala could just have been the answer. His father is of the Yoruba tribe from the West African nation, while his mother traces her roots to Poland.

Musiala names Messi, Ronaldinho as idols

Sports Brief earlier reported on Musiala causing a stir in Germany after the Bayern Munich youngster revealed Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho are his idols.

The German international made this revelation when he sat down with the Bavarian club’s media team to discuss players' favourite things in a promo video.

Musiala revealed his love for the two Barcelona icons ahead of several other Bayern Munich and Germany greats, citing their impact on football in general.

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Babajide Orevba is a Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.