Defender Jordan Torunarigha considers switching allegiance to Nigeria


The quest of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to have more quality players in the world cup may soon bear more fruit, as Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha is seriously considering the option of playing for Nigeria in Russia.

The versatile 20 year old defender is known to be comfortable at left back or as a central defender, made his U21 debut for Germany, but 48 hours before his debut, Thomas Zorn, his agent, brought the proposal of playing for Nigeria at the World Cup.

So far, Zorn has indicated that defender is seriously considering the offer.

Torunarigha has made ten Bundesliga appearance for Hertha Berlin this season with a goal to his name.

It’s true. We have such a request from the NFF,” Zorn told BZ Berlin newspaper.

Jordan has to listen to his heart. This request is a great honour for him and also a confirmation of his great development. But I think that his way to the DFB is not over yet. ”

This new development has raised alarm within the German youth football circles, because should Torunarigha switch allegiance to Nigeria, it means he will play his last games for Germany U-21s against Israel and Kosovo later this month.

But German U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz is not amused by this unfolding development.

Jordan is a top player, who absolutely convinced me. He has a great left foot and his development is far from over. I did not nominate him for nothing again,” he said.

Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai believes Torunarigha should also stay put in Germany.

The World Cup is certainly a great opportunity for him. But maybe it is better for the development, if he goes through the U21 at the DFB. Maybe then it works out with the German national team,” he said.

In 2017, Jordan father, Ojokojo , had said his son would not play for Nigeria.

”I always say to him play like you can play football, and you can see it has helped him progress from the youth team of Hertha Berlin to the main team, and also for Germant through U-16 and now U-20. We were approached by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

”They wanted my son to play for Nigeria but I told them he is not interested,” he stated.

But a chance to play in the world cup and  square off against some of the best players in the globe might prove an offer too tempting for Torunarigha to refuse .