Hoffenheim centre-back Kevin Akpoguma and three other German players of Nigerian descent are set to be blessed for their topnotch performances in the Bundesliga in the just concluded season with a call up to the Super Eagles squad next month.
The Super Eagles will play Ivory Coast and Tunisia in an international friendlies on October 9 and 13 respectively, in Austria.
“The coach has stated that four new defenders from the German Bundesliga namely Akpoguma, Felix Agu, Felix Uduokai and Jordan Torunarigha are likely to get invitations for next month’s international friendlies,” an Eagles official said.
“This will bring more competition to the defence and make it more formidable.”
Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, Akpoguma, 25, is expected to be joined in the yet to be named squad by 20-year-old Werder Bremen full-back Felix Agu, Wolfsburg defender Felix Uduokhai, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, and 6ft3in tall Hertha Berlin defensive stalwart Jordan Torunarigha.
Coach Gernot Rohr expects the new additions to give regulars Kenneth Omeruo, Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Jamilu Collins, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina and Leon Balogun a run for their money.
Rohr had earlier hinted that he might be tempted to invite a long list of players, having scouted fresh faces during the lockdown.
Akpoguma represented Germany from U-16 level to the U-21s, and captained the German U-20 side at the 2015 U-20 World Cup. He is yet to join the Nigerian set-up despite opening the door to a switch since 2018.
Agu, Uduokhai and Touraringha have also represented Germany at junior levels.