Respected German journalist Roland Mark has slammed Nigerian-born German defender Kevin Akpoguma after the 22-year old snubbed Nigeria’s overtures in favour of Germany.
In a chat with Own Goal, Mark said Akpoguma would be better served representing Nigeria instead of waiting on an invitation that may never come from Germany.
He has played for different Germany youth teams but is presently a long way away from the senior national side.
In his words, Mark said: “It’s scary how some players think they can have a future at a team that doesn’t even know if they exist at all. I think Akpoguma is trying to get Germany to notice him by turning down Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Mark said: “This is the first time he is having a taste of the Bundesliga, and he is already 22. In the Germany national team there are about 8 players ahead of him, and a further 7 waiting in the wings. Among them he is by far the oldest among all and the least rated.”
”If not for injuries he wouldn’t have been in the team of Hoffeinheim. Credit to him he has taken the chance to make an impression but in just few games, and one of the games was the one Rohr watched.
”He has to reconsider and play for Nigeria, that is his surest way of going to the World Cup. He need to take a cue from Leon Balogun who is now considered by some in Germany as one who got away from them, thanks to his display for Nigeria.” he concluded.