Former Arsenal player, Chuba Akpom, has pledged his international future to Nigeria, switching allegiance from his country of birth, England.
Akpom, 23, who currently plays for Greek giants POAK, is eligible to feature in the green and white stripes Super Eagles jersey owing to the fact that he posses’ dual-nationality and has not featured for the Three Lions at the senior level. It will be recalled that the former Arsenal youth player trained with the Eagles in March 2017 at Barnet, alongside then Chelsea defender, Ola Aina.
I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me play for Nigeria. I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it…It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feels very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.Chuba Akpom
Akpom also expressed delight at the prospect of linking up with former Arsenal team mate, Alex Iwobi, in the colours of the national team.
It will also be nice to link up with Alex [Iwobi] again and play for the national team. We started playing when we [were] younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing.Akpom
English-born Akpom, prior to his switch to the West African nation, registered 18 goals for England in 41 youth caps for the under-16 to under-21 level of the European side.
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