A chieftain of the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) has exclusively revealed to Owngoalnigeria.com how they tried but failed to lure Club Brugge rave of the moment Arnold Groeneveld Danjuma to the Super Eagles.
Danjuma scored one of the goals of the latest round of the UEFA Champions League in Club Brugge’s 1-3 loss to Atletico Madrid and it led to Nigerians questioning why the wing forward was allowed to play for the Netherlands unchallenged.
Born in Nigeria to a Dutch mother and a Nigerian father, the forward who recently made his debut for the Dutch U21 said he is open to the idea of playing for Nigeria after his debut but insist on the Netherlands where he was brought up as his top priority.
The Dutch wasted no time in handing him a call up but the NFF did contacted him before his debut for the U21 of the Netherlands but according to a chieftain of the NFF, he has his mind made up already.
” I can categorically tell you that we approached him to play for Nigeria even before he played for the U21 of the Netherlands. However like most kids raised abroad he felt more Dutch than Nigerian. We can’t force him”, he told Owngoalnigeria.com on the condition of anonymity.
” It’s not what it seems because even when he said he is open to playing for Nigeria, the Dutch were still his first option and despite his statement he wasn’t keen when we (NFF) approached him via his representatives”, he concluded.