Rohr Chasing Hoffenheim Defender Akpoguma Rejected By Nigeria U17 In 2011


Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr is still combing Europe for players who can provide options for his team ahead of their campaign at next year World Cup in Russia.


Roht who has successfully convinced former England youth international Ola Aina to switch allegiance from England to Nigeria as cover for the left full back spot is also keen on German youth international defender Kevin Akpoguma.

Akpoguma captained Ger‎many to a 1-0 1in over Nigeria at the 2015 World Youth Championship Championship in New Zealand, but he could easily have been playing for Nigeria.

In 2011, the defender who is now one of the first name on the team sheet for Hoffenheim approached the coach of the Nigeria U17 team Monday Odigie indicating his interest to be a part of the team.

” I saw the story you guys ( did on Deji-Ousman Beyreuther, Akpoguma suffered also similar fate in 2011, but today he is wanted by the coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr”, a family source told

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” Akpoguma approaches the Nigeria U17 coach back then but he wasn’t given a look in. He ended up playing for Germany same year before rising to the role of captain of their U-20 four years later”.

Osas Mahawi