Akwuegbu: NFF were very slow to approach David Alaba

Akwuegbu: NFF were very slow to approach David Alaba
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 18:00

Legendary Nigerian striker Benedict Akwuegbu has revealed how the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) lost David Alaba to the Austrian Football Association.

Bayern Munich star Alaba, whose father is a Nigerian and of Filipino mother, is an Austria international, who has been representing the European country since 2007 starting with the Under-17 side.

Akwuegbu has urged the NFF to cap Nigeria-born winger Kevin Arase, who is an Austria youth international, before they lose him like Alaba.

“Kelvin Arase is a fantastic player, I told the NFF about him two years ago when he was playing for the Austrian U17 team," Akwuegbu told allnigeriasoccer.com.

“That is how we lost David Alaba to Austria, I told the NFF about him but they were slow to make a move for him before he was capped by Austria.

“They should engage some ex-internationals to talk to these players. The NFF need us, we can’t be overlooked."

The 18-year-old Arase, who is currently on the books of Rapid Vienna, is part of the Austria Under-19 side participating in the 2018 UEFA U19 Championship qualifiers.

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