David Alaba: The Ideal Left Back The Super Eagles Will Never Have

David Alab

David Olatukunbo Alaba (born 24 June 1992 in Vienna) is an Austrian international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich. He has played a multitude of roles, including central midfield, right and left wing, but as of spring 2012 has blossomed as a left back, a role Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has stated he sees Alaba continuing in.

He grew through the ranks at Bayern Munich after joining from Austria Vienna in 2008, and established himself as a regular after a wonderful display in his first appearance for a DFB-Pokal game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Alaba came on in the 59th minute, replacing Christian Lell. After one minute on the pitch, and with his second touch of the game, he set up Franck Ribéry to give Bayern a 3–2 lead, in a match they went on to win 6–2. He also became Bayern’s youngest ever player in a competitive fixture, at 17 years, 7 months and 8 days old. At age 17 years, 8 months and 13 days, he made his UEFA Champions League debut against ACF Fiorentina on 9 March 2010.

This talented youngster was born in Vienna to a Filipino mother and a Nigerian father (a DJ and former rapper).

With the problems Nigeria had at the 2013 AFCON in the left back position of the Super Eagles, David could have been the ideal man to fill the void.

With due respect to Elderson Echejile who upped his game after a poor start at the 2013 African cup of Nations, AFCON, David Alaba would have been the perfect candidate for the left back role as Coach Stephen Keshi builds a generation of players that will put Nigeria back in its place as Africa’s football powerhouse.

Keshi has started well with the Super Eagles AFCON win, but I’m sure injecting more quality into the team is desirable, and the Nigerian coach will continue working towards achieving that.

But it’s so sad our son has appeared for another country, and he can no longer represent his fatherland.

Alaba was called up to the senior Austria national team for a match against France in October 2009. He made his debut in this game, making him the youngest player in the history of the national team. He scored his first goal for Austria on 16 October 2012 in a World Cup Qualifying game at home to Kazakhstan where Austria ran out 4–0 winners.

As far as the footballing world is concerned, David Alaba is an Austrian, but I can’t help but wonder how different things could have been if he was playing for the Super Eagles. I guess some things are just not meant to be; David Alaba will never play for Nigeria.

David Alaba


  1. Evry individual has a choice of career & environmnt to be as oppotunities provide. Football is just an affirmatn of a cosmopolitan world esp ds 21 century. Let Alaba be! Nigeria has 10 Alabas @ moment if d right selectn is made!

  2. What I noticed is that most of this players plying their trade for other countries are Yoruba, for example’ Patrick Owomoyela, Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Fashanu, Emmanuel Adebayo, Omotoyosi” this is jst few of them, nd this guys are lovely players you see! i then begin to wonder why? then i realized that it’s as if our guys no dey send.. But still 9ja is our fatherland….

  3. I don’t know why Nigeria likes to lay claim to people they don’t even know simply because they bear Naija name, David Alaba was born and bred in Austria, the closest he got to Nigeria was on TV or Internet and the closest he got close to Naija culture is through the attire in his Father’s wardrobe if the father stayed long enough to cater for him. all his life so far is Austria, they gave him good education, opportunities despite his colour and origin of his parents, and they are very proud of him, but when the chic became a Chicken Nigeria wants to slaughter it!!! haba!!!! we have so many chics in Nigeria that can be nursed into a chicken, why trying to eat from where we did not sow? leave Alaba alone, he probably never have our mentality of bad belle that is rampant in Nigeria, why want to turn his life around like we’ve done to many before him, he probably never know about our ethnic problem, why do we have to bring him into it? please let us leave those that God has blessed to take their destiny, let him enjoy his life in peace and without prejudice, if not that most people have lived in this country before moving out and the attachment is already there, who wants to come back into this loveless country?

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