TSG Hoffenheim of Germany centre-back Kevin Akpoguma has declared his intention to play for the Super Eagles after representing Germany at youth level. NGNewsHub.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU digs out seven facts about the defender.
1. Nigerian Father/ German Mother
Kevin was born to Nigerian father and German mother. His father migrated from Nigeria at a very young age before settling down in Germany.
2. Earlier Played As Striker
The tall, strong and imposing defender used to be a centre-forward before he was converted by a former youth coach.
3. U-17 Euro Championship Winner With Germany
The 25-year-old was part of the German U-17 team that won the European Championship in Hungary. They defeated Portugal 1-0 in the final.
4. Helped Germany Pip Nigeria At U-20 W/Cup
The big centre-back captained the German U-20 side at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015. Germany knocked the Flying Eagles out of that competition in the second round. Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success were part of Flying Eagles team.
5. Veteran Of Germany’s Age-Grade Teams
Kevin played in all of Germany’s youth teams- U16, U17, U18 and U19 before agreeing to represent Nigeria at senior level.
6. Best German Youth Player Award Winner
In 2013, Kevin got the Fritz-Walter medal award from the German Football Federation. The award honours every year the best Germany players of U17, U18 and U19.
7. Only Two Visits To Nigeria
Born in Germany, Kevin has visited Nigeria only twice. The first time was when he was four-years old.
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