Jordan Torunarigha has recently disclosed his decision to switch national allegiance from Germany to Nigeria, citing his desire to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ojokojo Torunarigha, who represented the Super Eagles in the 1990s.
Although Torunarigha has represented Germany at all youth levels, including his participation in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he has now chosen to change his allegiance to Nigeria. Despite initially deciding to represent Germany, the country of his birth, the 25-year-old Gent defender has had a change of heart regarding his 2018 decision not to represent Nigeria.
According to German news publication ran.de, the necessary paperwork to facilitate this switch has already been submitted to FIFA. Torunarigha now aims to be a part of Jose Peseiro’s squad for the final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe.
In an interview, Torunarigha expressed his happiness in being able to follow in the footsteps of his father, who played for the Nigerian national team. His ultimate goal is to represent Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup, with aspirations of becoming a Nigerian player in the 2026 edition.
“I’ve given it a lot of thought,” said the center-back. “My father’s involvement with the Nigerian national team brings me great joy as I strive to follow in their footsteps.” He expressed his ambition to represent Nigeria in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.