Super Eagles fans have another thing to be happy about as the news that filtered in today confirmed that PAOK center-forward Chuba Akpom has announced that he has chosen to represent Nigeria on the international level, after having represented England in the youth levels. Akpom, who is a graduate from Arsenal’s academy and was promoted to the first team in 2013, trained with the Nigeria senior side at Barnet alongside then Chelsea defender Ola Aina in March 2017. He made just 12 appearances with Gunners as he was loaned-out on several occasions joining the likes of Nottingham Forrest, Hull City, Brighton and Belgium’s Sint-Truiden.
Speaking to BBC Spoerts, Akpom was quoted as saying: "I've only just recently switched my allegiance, so I've signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me play for Nigeria.
I've been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It's just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I'm looking forward to it."It was a personal decision. I'm Nigerian and my whole family feel very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria." He said. London-born Akpom scored 18 goals in 41 youth caps for England from under-16 to under-21 level.
He is doing quite well in Greece having provided six goals and four assists as PAOK went unbeaten to seal the 2018/19 Greek title as well as the only goal in the FA Cup win against AEK Athens to complete a dream double.
Akpom is predominantly a centre forward who likes to hold up play and also has decent dribbling abilities with goals in his boots.