David Alaba gives reason why he currently do not play for Nigeria
Bayern Munich defender, David Alaba has given reason why he currently do not play for Nigeria, despite originally having a Nigerian Nationality.
According to him, the coaches of the Golden Eaglets denied him a playing chance to join the Nigerian squad at the 2007 FIFA World Cup in South Korea because he refused to pay bribe.
The Golden Egales was then headed by late Yemi Tella back in 2007. Alaba phoned the U-17 coaches, “Jokers” and swore not to have any association with them in the future.
He claimed to have trained with Palanga midfielder, Haruna Lukman Abdulkarim, UB Conquense forward, Macauley Chrisantus and Slovan Bratislava’s midfielder, Rabiu Ibrahim ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
On September 9, 2007, the late Tella led a team of youngsters to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Although, he was eligible chose Nigeria over his current birth country Austria, Alaba decided to abandon Nigeria after the bibrery incident. The black-skined left back has a Filipino mother and Nigerian father, but was born in Vienna.
He has since rose to the highest in this playing position, with his name amongst one of the worlds all time best left backs.
Alaba has earned 68 caps for Austria, scoring 13 goals and represented the country at the 2016 European Championship
Nigerian’s will surly frown at the reason, David Alaba currently do not play for Nigeria given his achievements, and success at both club and country level.