Use your chance well, national team different from club duties, Udeze tells Akpoguma

Former national team defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has urged Kevin Akpoguma to use his chance well with the Super Eagles.

Akpoguma born in Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father has just been granted permission to commit his international allegiance to Nigeria.

According to reports, the player visited Super Eagles camp in Austria after receiving the cheering news to play for his fatherland.

Reacting to this development on Sports radio 88.9fm, Udeze urged him to prove himself as soon as he gets the chance to play for Super Eagles, saying that Akpoguma should be 100 percent ready to fix into the Super Eagles system.

“National team is not like club duties, Akpoguma needs to show his class immediately he is called upon to play. Once you are on the national team, you have to prove yourself. Use your playing time well. The national team doesn’t give time for any player to prove himself,” Udeze said.

Akpoguma represented Germany at the youth level and was the captain of the German U20 side at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Having expressed his desire to commit his international future to Nigeria, the 25-year-old has just received permission from FIFA to make the switch from Germany as confirmed by Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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To further familiarise himself with the Nigerian setup, the Hoffenheim defender made the trip to Austria to visit the Super Eagles camp.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I am now at an age where I have already gained experience at the European level with TSG and feel ready to play for my homeland,” Akpoguma told Hoffenheim’s official website.

“It makes me incredibly proud and I am positively excited. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team.”

The defender started his professional career at Karlsruher SC and has played for the likes of Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hannover 96 all in Germany.

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