- Benedict Akwuegbu says he regrets choosing Nigeria over Austria
- The former Grazer AK forward played for Nigeria at all levels
- Akwuegbu says he feels unrecognized by Nigeria
Although he played in all categories of Nigeria’s national teams, former striker Benedict Akwuegbu has stated that he is now full of regrets to have opted to play for Nigeria instead of Austria.
The former Grazer AK of Austria forward disclosed to Complete Sports that he had great opportunity to play for Austria, but turned it down to serve his fatherland.
He had a massive 16-year career in the Nigerian colours, but stated that he regrets the decision because he is not appreciated by his home country.
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Akwuegbu added that anytime he remembers the fact that he is unrecognized by the hierarchy of the Nigeria Football Federation, he feels he only served the country in vain.
“It’s so sad that after serving my fatherland, the football authority doesn’t seem to appreciate nor recognise my efforts,” Akwuegbu said in an exclusive interview with Completesports.com.
“It makes me feel the regret of playing for the Super Eagles. It makes me blame myself, and ask myself why I rejected Austria who were all over me then to play for their national team which I turned down in preference to Nigeria.
“If I knew I would be treated this way, perhaps I would have been much wiser. But then, that’s the prize I had to pay for being patriotic, holding tight to my love for the green, white and green colours of Nigeria.”
“Till today, Austria still show me love, they still recognise me to the point that I now wonder how it would have been if I had adopted their nationality and represented them at the senior level."
Akwuegbu scored a total of eight goals for Nigeria in his thirty appearances.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria who is currently on loan to Sky Bet Championship club Reading has committed his future to Nigeria.
Complete Sports are reporting that the 22-year-old who was part of the England U-20 side that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017 will now represent Nigeria at the senior national team.
Ejaria who was born in London to Nigerian parents failed to make the Golden Eaglets squad that won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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