- Mali international and Hoffenheim midfielder Diadie Samassekou has revealed his concerns and worries as his club teammate Kevin Akpoguma ready to honor a call up to represent the Super Eagles.
The Hoffenheim midfielder believes, nonetheless, that the center-back would be a good addition for Nigeria and he’s worried about how much the center-back could improve Nigeria.
The Germany born defender is eligible for the West African giants via his father and has previously stated that he’d be open to representing the Super Eagles, despite having represented Germany at youth level.
Worried Samassekou believes the 25-year-old would be a good asset for Gernot Rohr’s side; he’s attempted to dissuade the towering defender from committing to Nigeria.
“I think he would be a great help for (Nigeria) so for me, it would be better if they didn’t have Akpo,” the Mali international Samassekou said
“I haven’t really asked him about it, because I’m not Nigerian, but for the development and improvement of African football, it would be great if he goes there,” the midfielder continued.
Akpoguma hasn’t represented Germany at any level since 2017, having worked his way up from U-16 level to the U-21s, but is yet to formally be introduced to the Nigeria set-up despite opening the door to a switch in 2018.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking. This is a question you should ask him, and he’ll give you the right answer,” Samassekou concluded.
Despite loan stints with Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hannover 96 and Akpoguma taking time settling since he signed for Hoffenheim from Karlsruher in 2013, he has found his feet at the central-back making 16 appearances in the Bundesliga side including 12 starts this season.
It’s been a strong campaign from the club, Ahead of today (Friday) evening’s game against Rasen Ballsport Leipzig (RB Leipzig), the villagers are only two points behind sixth-placed Wolfsburg, who currently occupy the last Europa League qualification berth.
With Kingsley Ehizibue is one of the most recent new call-ups to Rohr’s Nigeria squad, anything can happen and he might be the next name on the Gernot Rohr list.