Little known Nigerian born Italian, Stefano Okaka has sensationally claimed that he rejected overtures from the Nigeria Football Federation before making his international debut for Italy in their game with Albania in November.
Despite coach Stephen Keshi denying the statements of Okaka, the Sampdoria forward said before the World Cup that he was contacted by NFF chiefs to represent the national team in Brazil.
“I feel totally Italian. When in May and 20 days ago they called me to play for Nigeria, I said no because I did not feel natural, such as what happened when Conte called me for Italy,” said Okaka to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I am like a tree that does not know its roots: it’s important to know where you come from and I would like to know the other side of my family and that land.
“I do feel that I’d have been given more consideration if I had been white. A black player always has to give something more.”
Nigeria still have a chance to cap Stefano Okaka as his debut against Albania did not come in a Fifa sanctioned tournament.