Samassekou: Akpoguma should not play for Nigeria

Samassekou: Akpoguma should not play for Nigeria
Hoffenheim's Kevin Akpoguma (L) in action with Mainz's Taiwo Awoniyi (R)

by Staff Reporter

Friday Jun 12, 2020. 14:00

TSG Hoffenheim star Kevin Akpoguma has been urged not to play for the Nigerian national team.

The former Germany youth international was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, and he is eligible to represent Nigeria.

Akpoguma’s teammate at German side Hoffenheim, Diadie Samassekou has explained why the 25-year-old should not play for the Super Eagles.

“I think he would be a great help for [Nigeria]. So for me, it would be better if they didn’t have Akpo,” Samassekou told Goal.

“[I haven’t really asked him about it] because I’m not Nigerian.

“But for the development and improvement of African football, it would be great if he goes there.”

Akpoguma has represented Germany at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-20 levels.

However, the towering defender is yet to play for the European country’s senior national team.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking. This is a question you should ask him, and he’ll give you the right answer,” Samassekou concluded.

Samassekou is a Mali international and he has represented his nation at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and 2016 Toulon Tournament.

He has also played 13 times for the Malian senior national team.

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