Gent’s player, Gift Orban has revealed why he chose to play for Nigeria despite rumours flying around that he wanted to play for Togo or Benin Republic.
The Super Eagles’ new invitee denied suggestions that he considered playing for Togo or Benin Republic ahead of Nigeria.
The 21-year-old is currently in Nigeria’s camp in Uyo ahead of the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday.
Orban received his first international call-up for the clash after a solid year for his Belgian club, Gent.
However, while Orban is getting ready to make his debut for the three-time African champions, Orban could have played for Togo because his mom is from Togo, and his dad is from Nigeria.
Nevertheless, Orban insists he never considered playing for Togo, even though the West African nation needs someone like him.
“I don’t like Nigeria, I love it, this country. We have good players and good talent. I love it, this country,” Orban told Fans Tribe ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe.
When asked if he ever considered playing for Togo or Benin, the striker said the reports were false.
“This is false, I never played for Benin or Togo. Many people talk, but I never played for Togo. Togo need players, but I don’t want to play for Togo,” Orban added.
🇳🇬 Gift Orban clears the air on Playing for Togo and his family routes
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