Why Nigerian players struggle in Bundesliga- Akpoborie
Former Super Eagles Striker, Jonathan Akpoborie says lack of proper development is the main reason why Nigerian players fail to succeed in the German Bundeliga in recent times. Akpoborie played his entire football career in Germany for 12 years, featuring for clubs like Hansa Rostock, VfB Sttutgart and VfL Wolfsburg, scoring 158 goals in 370 appearances across all competitions. In recent years, Nigerians have struggled in the Bundesliga with Victor Osimhen, who took the french team 1 by a storm with Lille in the 2019/20 season, failing to deliver on his earlier promise when he joined Wolfsburg in 2017. Taiwo Awoniyi has also struggled at German clubs Mainz and Frankfurt. “During our time, we were given plenty of time to develop. Austin Okocha played for Neunkirchen before landing in Frankfurt. I played for several second division clubs before getting the nod to the first division. The space from the first and second division to the Nigerian league has grown too large. If only they could allow some Nigerian players feature in the third division as a springboard. But they don’t allow that again. We played in the second and third division and that prepared us” Akpoborie also debunked claims that some of the Bundesliga coaches intentionally leave Nigerian or African players on the bench “There is nothing like racism in German clubs. I Tony Yeboah, and Souleyman Sane were the only three black players in the German professional league before Okocha came and we were all doing well.