Jordan Torunarigha, the Belgium-based defender, has recently decided to switch his international allegiance and play for the Nigerian national team. This comes as a surprising announcement, as Torunarigha has represented Germany at all youth levels and even made it to their squad for the 2021 Olympic Games. The talented center-back’s decision to play for Nigeria is a fascinating turn of events that has captured the attention of football fans worldwide.
In May 2018, Torunarigha had turned down the opportunity to play for Nigeria, as he opted to continue his international career with Germany. However, his management has recently confirmed that all the necessary documents have been submitted to FIFA and if everything goes according to plan, Torunarigha will join Coach Jose Peseiro’s team for the international matches scheduled for September.
“I have given it a lot of thought,” revealed Torunarigha. “My father has already played for the Nigerian national team, so I’m really happy that I can follow in his footsteps now.” His ultimate goal is to be part of the Nigerian team at the 2026 World Cup, which is a testament to his determination and ambition.
Torunarigha’s journey in football began in the youth department of Hertha BSC, where he honed his skills before progressing through the ranks of German junior teams, starting from the U16 level. His talent and potential caught the attention of coaches, earning him a place in Coach Stefan Kuntz’s squad for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Currently, Torunarigha plies his trade at KAA Gent, a Belgian first-division club, where he lifted the Belgian Cup last year.
With his skill and determination, Torunarigha has the potential to become a key figure in the Super Eagles’ quest for glory. His decision to play for Nigeria has been met with excitement and anticipation from fans, who are eager to see him in action for his new team. For Torunarigha, this is a new chapter in his footballing journey, and one that he hopes will lead him to the ultimate prize – the World Cup.