Swiss Nigerian Defender Manuel Akanji Shining Bright At FC Basel

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Nigeria and Switzerland might go head to head for 21 year old defender Manuel Akanji who has broken into the first team set up at Swiss side FC Basel.

A full international for Switzerland at youth level, he is eligible for Nigeria through his father who is a Nigerian, but Nigeria are yet to establish contact with him to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles.

However, if he sustains his progress at FC Basel, a drag over his international future will no doubt take place in the nearest future, as Nigeria are presently trying to lure players with dual nationality to the senior national team.

Akanji scored one of the goals for his side in a seven goal thriller which his side edge 4-3 against Lausanne Sport, a game that also saw him go up against former Super Eagles star Taiye Taiwo.

Since joining FC Basel last season, the young centre back has made ten league appearances for the Swiss giants in addition to playing three more games in the domestic Cup, and a solitary appearance in the Europa League.