Sydney Sam has explained his decision not to play for the Super Eagles. The Bayern Leverkusen midfielder was a long time target for coach Stephen Keshi in his attempt to booster his midfield options, particularly with the likely absence of key players from his crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Sam has said his decision was because he will do better playing for mother’s land Germany.
Sam, who is presently on a training tour with the Joachim Loew- led German national team stated that his heart has always been with Germany despite the strong interest shown by Nigeria to have him.
“The Nigerian federation worked very hard to get me,” the 25- year- old player told Kicker on Wednesday as the German team left for USA. “But for me it was very clear that I want to play for Germany.”
Germany will play Ecuador on May 29 and the US on June 2. Sam’s selection by coach Loew is presently a doubt, however, the midfielder does not fancy turning back to Nigeria if he wasn’t selected by the coach.
“I don’t think about that at all. I was born in Germany, have been through the selection of teams here, I want to prove myself here.”
Sam had expressed his desire to play for Nigeria last year, which made Keshi to prompt the NFF to start with the paper work and every hope was dashed last week Monday when he was called up by Leow.