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Jordan Torunarigha declines to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Russia

Jordan Torunarigha is a highly talented German-Nigerian with an educated left foot. He graduated through the ranks from Hertha Berlin’s youth team and has been getting rave reviews for his defensive nous.

This attracted the attention of  Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), trying to convince the 20 year old to play for Nigeria.

According to reports from German newspaper BZ Berlin, Jordan has informed Gernot Rohr about his decision through his agent, Tomas Zorn, “I recently called the Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, and explained to him that Jordan would continue to play for Germany in the future. He thought it was a pity, but he understood.“

Jordan, also said to the German paper: “The opportunity to play for Nigeria at the World Cup would, of course, have honoured me. After all, my father played for this country, too.”

“However, it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to prove myself to the DFB [German Football Federation]. I’m new to the U21 and I really want to assert myself there.”

Gernot Rohr is searching for Nigerian talent in the Bundesliga with an attractive pitch to play at the World Cup in Russia.

However, there are concerns about still looking for talent at this late stage of the preparation for the World Cup.

Torunarigha, born in Chemnitz in the state of Saxony, has made his decision to turn his back on his father’s country of birth.  Coach Rohr should seek players who are ready and able to play for the Super Eagles without a fuss, and perhaps, concentrate on those that are already in the picture.

By Anthony Craig.  A version of this piece first appeared in


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