Three Bundesliga Players Ready to Switch International Allegiance From Germany to Nigeria: Report

Three Bundesliga Players Ready to Switch International Allegiance From Germany to Nigeria: Report

Ero Samson
updated at April 4, 2024 at 11:29 AM
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  • The Super Eagles have attracted a flurry of Nigeria-eligible players in recent times
  • Ademola Lookman and Cyriel Dessers are players who opted to represent Nigeria
  • Three German players are reportedly considering switching allegiance to Nigeria

It's becoming increasingly common in football to witness players choosing to represent their ancestral homeland rather than their country of birth.

In recent years, numerous players have taken this route, a trend that is gaining traction across the African continent.

Nigeria's national team, the Super Eagles, has notably profited from this trend, with several players opting to switch allegiance and proudly don the green and white jersey.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have attracted a flurry of Nigeria-eligible players in recent years. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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However, it appears this trajectory is showing no signs of slowing down, as a recent report stating three German players are considering switching allegiance to play for Nigeria has emerged.

German players to play for Nigeria?

According to a report from the media outlet, OwnGoalNigeria, three Nigerian-eligible players currently playing in the German Bundesliga are contemplating a switch in their international allegiance.

The report highlights that Werder Bremen wing-back, Felix Agu, Augsburg centre-back, Felix Udoukhai, and former Borussia Dortmund attacker, Justin Njinmah, are all eager to play for the Super Eagles.

Agu had been scouted previously to represent Nigeria during Gernot Rohr's tenure as coach, but the versatile defender chose not to play for the Super Eagles at that time.

Njinmah, as reported by All Nigeria Soccer, seems likely to represent Nigeria, especially since he does not seem to fit into the plans of the current Germany coach, Julian Nagelsmann.

Udoukhai, having progressed through the youth ranks of the German national team, is also keen on switching allegiance, as he has yet to receive a call-up to the senior national team.

If the trio completes their switch in international allegiance, they will join a long list of Nigerian-eligible Germans, including Leon Balogun, Kevin Akpogunma, and Maduka Okoye, who have opted to represent the Super Eagles over Germany.

Guardiola’s assistant favourite for the Super Eagles role

In another report related to the Super Eagles, Sports Brief stated that Pep Guardiola's longest-serving assistant, Domenec Torrent, is listed among the top candidates to take over coaching Nigeria.

The 61-year-old, who recently managed Galatasaray in Turkey, is reported to have been chosen by the football federation ahead of Antonio Conceicao and other candidates vying for the role.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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