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NFA overlooks Alaba, another Nigerian star in the making

After the Nedum Onuoha saga, another kid on the block of Nigerian descent, David Alaba who plies his football trade with European Champions League finalists, Bayern Munich of Germany is again being overlooked by ever lazy an unthinking officials of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA.


Alaba who was born in Viena, Austria by a Nigerian father and Filipino mother is already being talked about as a future world star as the left_sided youngster has already broken into the first_team of Bayern.

Even though he was not listed among the Bayern players that played and lost the 2009/2010 Champions Leafue final to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, he played in the round of 16 against Italy’s Fiorentina.

Ironically while clubs like Inter Milan and AC Milan sort his signature without success, Germany where he plays his club football may snatch him and his mother’s country, the Philippines have also shown interest, Nigeria, his father’s country is yet to look his way.

Speaking to a German sport magazine recently, Alaba, who says he has his eyes on Premiership side, Arsenal said that while he has never been approached by Nigeria, Philippines made a request to him and Germany may not be an issue because he doesn’t have any tie with them.

“”There was a request from the Philippines, but Nigeria have never approached me. And Germany would anyway never been an issue, since I have no connection to the country,” he told the magazine.

Both Bayern’s coach and Chief Executive, Louis Van Gaal and Karl_Heinz Rummenigge have spoken well of the up and coming lad who they say will turn out to be a great player once he turns 18 by June and signs a professional contract.
While Van Gaal said he was “very satisfied” with Alaba’s performance so far with Bayern, Rummenigge said that “he played veryb well” in “his first full game for Bayern Munich.”

Talking about himself, Alaba said, “ “I always put my little goals that I want to achieve step by step. My next goal is to prevail and one day play in the first team. Then I want to go to England, preferably to Arsenal. “

He also talked about his weaknesses thus: “”Sure, I have weaknesses. Especially on my right foot, which is not yet at the same level as the other. Even in the physical area, I have to work. I think I’m not really strong in any area, I have much to learn.”


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