Akanji: No regret choosing Switzerland over Nigeria because they never approached me
Switzerland World Cup star, Manuel Akanji, has revealed that he was never approached by the Nigeria Football Federation before he made his international debut for Switzerland in June 2017.
Manuel Akanji who played every minutes of the game as Switzerland pushed their lucks to the second round before losing by a lone goal to Sweden in the round of 16 revealed he has no regret chosing to play for Switzerland instead of Nigeria.
“Nigeria never called me to come and play for them. So, it was never a question to be answered because Switzerland called me to play for them and I accepted,” Akanji told The Cable.
“No regret at all for not playing for Nigeria. We came into the next round, Nigeria didn’t. And it was my decision. I don’t know if I would have played for Nigeria if I had been invited or not. Really I don’t know.
“I don’t have to think about if they called me because they did not call me. My parents never discussed with me where I should play or not. They just told me to do whatever I want to do. They always support me all the time no matter what I do.”
Akanji’s father is from the Yoruba speaking part of Nigeria and his mom is from Oberwinterthur in Switzerland.