Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has
explained the rationale behind his decision to pledge
his international to Nigeria over his country of birth,
With the retirement of ex-Wolves goalie Carl Ikeme for
reasons everyone is aware of and planning for the
long-term, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was able
to convince Okoye to play for the three-time African
In an interview with the Super Eagles Media Team via
YouTube, Okoye bared his mind on the nationality
debate, saying : “My opinion and my advice is to
follow your heart, you have to feel it, where the love
is.I felt the love in Nigeria and I feel like a Naija boy,
that’s why I chose Nigeria over Germany”.
The 20-year-old was in the frame to play his first
game for Nigeria against Libya’s Olympic team last
March but Fortuna Dusseldorf played spoil sport by
deciding not to release their goalkeeper to the Nigeria
Football Federation for the two matches against the
North Africans in Tunisia and Asaba.
He was a shock inclusion on the Super Eagles roster
for their first match of the 2019-2020 season, a
friendly against Ukraine last September.
“I felt great after I got my first call-up to the Super
Eagles, it was a pleasure. It’s a big step for me in my
“With the first call-up I had a bit of problems but after
that for the Ukraine game everything was set up and I
“I couldn’t wait to get to the Super Eagles, everything
went well. Thank God,’ Okoye added.
Okoye made his debut for the Super Eagles in a
glamour friendly against Brazil three months ago and was also called up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.