I am Now Thinking of Playing for Nigeria- Football Star, Sidney Sam
Germany-born Nigerian attacker, Sidney Sam who plays for Bayer Leverkusen hinted at the possibility of switching allegiance to Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria rather than the German national team.
The attacker, born to a Nigerian father and a German mother, and has featured for Germany at age-grade level but is yet to make an appearance for the European nation’s senior side.
Former Nigeria coach Berti Vogts was the first to signify an interest in getting Sam to dump the white and black of Germany for the green and white of Nigeria back in 2008, and current handler Stephen Keshi a few months back expressed his desire to get the skilful left-footed forward to play for Nigeria.
Reports credited to the Nigerian coach at the time suggested that Sam wasn’t keen on playing for Nigeria. But it appears the 24-year-old is now ready to feature for the Super Eagles.
“I’ve already had contact with the Nigerian [Football] Association, when I was a child, because of my father,” he said in a report on Goal.com. “But at the moment, there is no talk. I focus on Bayer Leverkusen.”
He added: “But generally, it would be interesting, I will be thinking about it.”
The Bayer Leverkusen star also labelled Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben as his idol, and insists that his club have the ability to finish in the top five of the Bundesliga.
“We didn’t play the best that we can [at the start of the season]. We lost in Dortmund, and played out a 0-0 against Metalist Kharkiv. We’re doing well, but missed the step up to the top,” the former Germany youth international said.
“I’m doing well. After my injury this summer, I’m getting more and more practice. The coach [Sami Hyypia], uses me more often as a substitute but I think I will be in the line-up again soon.
“I think we have to be in the top five. But secretly, we hope for the top three. It’s our duty to reach the international competition places, and we also want to impact on the Europa League.
Sam also reacted positively to comments made by Jupp Heynckes, comparing the midfielder to Bayern star Robben.
He continued: “That comparison means no pressure to me. I’m happy and motivated by it. Robben is a fantastic player and an idol for me. I hope to get where he is one day.”
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