Former Super Eagles player, Benedict Akwuegbu has disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were slow to act on having Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba represent Nigeria before making his debut for Austria.
The ex-international, who represented Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, claims that the NFF refused to heed his advise on capping Alaba before Austria could snap him up.
The country’s football governing body have been given an awareness on another Nigerian wonderkid in Austria by Akwuegbu. His name is Kevin Arase and the Rapid Vienna player has featured for the Austria U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-19 teams.
“Kelvin Arase is a fantastic player, I told the NFF about him two years ago when he was playing for the Austrian U17 team, ” said Benedict Akwuegbu to All Nigeria Soccer.
“That is how we lost David Alaba to Austria, I told the NFF about him but they were slow to make a move for him before he was capped by Austria.
“They should engage some ex-internationals to talk to these players. The NFF need us, we can’t be overlooked. ”