Leon Balogun Presence At Mainz 05 Should Sway Austrian-Born Onisiwo To Switch Allegiance To Nigeria


As coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr continue to strengthen his team with Nigerian players born abroad, a soccer aficionado Michael James has advised the coach to target Austrian international Karim Onisiwo of Mainz 05.

Onisiwo is teammate to Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun and James believes his presence at the club should ease the stress of trying to convince the 24 year old to play for Nigeria.

” Balogun’s presence at Mainz 05 should give us an edge over Austria in the race to cap Onisiwo at senior level. But you know the coach has to interested in him, before Balogun can approach him”, James said to Owngoalnigeria.com.

” He will be a good addition to the Super Eagles, he is young, playing for a top league team and also in the Europa league, I expect Nigeria to at least try for him”.

Ex Austrian youth international Onisiwo joined Mainz 05 during the January transfer window of 2016 from Austrian side Mattersburg, but after six month of acclimatization, he is now a regular for the senior team.

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This season he has played 8 games in the Bundesliga with 1 goal to his name, while in the Europa League, the forward has played three games with no goal to his name yet.