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Exclusive – Swedish-Nigerian Defender Kyle Konwea Opt For Nigeria Ahead Of Sweden

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The defensive options available to coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has been boosted following Kyle Konwea decision to opt for Nigeria ahead of Sweden.

Comfortable as a central defender, the over six feet tall defender who moved to Swedish side Brommapojkarna in January,has also played as a right back or as a defensive midfielder.

Konwea told Owngoalnigeria.com in an exclusive chat that he is eager to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria instead of Sweden, due to his love for the land of his father.

Born to a Nigerian father and a Swedish mother, the 28 year old confirmed he has been contacted by Nigeria in the past, but no contact has been made since Rohr took over as coach.

See full interview below.

OGN : Kyle we will be glad to know if you are interested in playing for Nigeria, and if you think you have what it takes to improve the team.

Kyle : It would really be a blessing to play for the Super Eagles. It has always been a dream for me even though my mum is Swedish and I’m born and raised here. I do know that the competition is hard but i do believe in myself and my qualities, which i would say is strenght and energy, and to represent your country where you have your roots would make you reach the highest of your standard.

OGN: We will also be happy to know if you have had any contact with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)?

Kyle: No i havent but when I was at BK Häcken in Sweden, I got some calls from representatives from Nigeria and they wanted me to go down there but at that time i didnt take things seriously. Now Im older, more matured and take things more seriously , and if i would get the chance to go down there i would take it without any question.

OGN : What is your favourite position on the pitch and what are your main attributes as a defender.

Kyle: My best position is in central defence, but during the years I have played all over the field but I’m primarily a central defender even though i manage to play other positions as well. I’m a tall guy 195cm, but I’m fast and strong and got a decent foot. So my strength i would say is power and strength.

*Osas Mahawi