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5 Best Players Who Regretted Dumping Nigeria For Other Countries

AdemetanAbayomi 2d

In football, there some players who play for one country. Others decide to dump such country for different reasons. There are those who do such because of money hunting.

However, it is not always that all of those players who decided to dump Nigeria will be successful in their destinations.

Nigeria is one of the greatest Nations in Africa. But some players decided not to commit their international future to the Super Eagles and eventually regretted their decision.

Now, let's take a look at 5 best players who decided to dump Nigeria and later licked their wounds.

5. Charlton Cole - Striker

If I say that Charlton Cole is one of the best strikers ever to play for West Ham United, hope I am not fooling people.

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However, his decision to dump Nigeria for England didn't serve him well on the long term.

The forward was only capped seven times by the Three Lions at international level.

4. Gabby Agbonlahor - Winger

Gabby Agbonlahor was effective for Aston Villa and was feared by full backs in the Premier League.

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He earned rave reviews and was courted by Nigeria for a call up to the Super Eagles. His career with England was over after three caps, which spanned one year.

3. Patrick Owomoyela - Defender

Versatile Patrick Owomoyela was an explosive player who dominated the headlines in the German Bundesliga. This created buzz around him. It created tug of war between Nigeria and Germany.

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The speedy footballer enjoyed 11 caps for Germany from 2004 to 2004.

2. Dennis Aogo - Defender

Dennis Aogo was magnificent at Hamburger SV and his contributions for the team was so spectacular.

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However, he lasted only three years at senior level for Germany. He picked up just 13 caps.

1. Sidney Sam - Defender

Sidney Sam was renowned for his energy and endless stamina which saw him well utilised by his coaches.

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Born to a German mother and Nigerian father, Sam would have been eligible to play for the Nigeria national team, but decided early on to represent his country of birth. Sam was a German youth national player, starring in Germany's under-19 and under-20 teams. On 29 May 2013, Sam made his senior international debut for Germany in a friendly game against Ecuador in Boca Raton, Florida. On 8 May 2014, Sam was named to the 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by German national team manager, Joachim Löw.

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