Hamburg’s Dennis Aogo Gets Nigeria Invite

Nigerians could well see a fresh face in the side when they take on Kenya and Tunisia in two crucial World Cup qualifiers in JuneHamburg midfielder Dennis Aogo has been called up by Nigeria ahead of World Cup ties against Kenya and Tunisia in June.

Aogo, whose father is from Ilesha in south-west Nigeria, has already featured for Germany at Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

In a recent magazine interview, Aogo expressed willingness to play for his father’s country.

“My father will be thrilled for me to play for Nigeria, and I will also want to show Nigerians my quality,” said the former Freiburg ace.

“Because of my father, I have followed the Nigerian team. I watched them at both the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. They had quality players like Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Yakubu (Aiyegbeni).

“I was therefore very disappointed when they failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Germany.”

Aogo plays from the left side and can also play as a left full-back. His selection could be well timed as the Eagles established left full-back Taye Taiwo is sidelined by injury.

The Super Eagles squad also includes Rennes young Elderson Echijile, who is also a left full-back.

Nigeria will take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on May 29 in London before they travel to Saint Etienne for a high-profile friendly against Nigeria on June 2.

The Eagles host Kenya in Abuja in a World Cup tie on June 7 and two weeks later play away to Tunisia in continuation of the qualifying tournament.

Samm Audu,