Ime Okon: South Africa eager to safe allegiance of 20-year-old Nigeria-eligible defender

Ime Okon: South Africa eager to safe allegiance of 20-year-old Nigeria-eligible defender

The South African Soccer Federation are eager on getting younger SuperSport United central defender to decide on the Bafana Bafana over the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria, experiences.

Okon, 20, has develop into a determine within the SuperSport United defence alongside Siyanda Xulu and Thulani Hlatshwayo with 18 league appearances this season, serving to the workforce to 3rd place on the PSL desk, however they’re 13 factors behind Mamelodi Sundowns.

Okon was born in South Africa to a Nigerian father, making him eligible to symbolize the Tremendous Eagles. Okon himself has revealed his openness to symbolize both nation.

“South Africa is a rustic I used to be born and bred in, however Nigeria is aware of is my residence the place my dad is from. It’s very robust to make, however I really feel like every time the chance comes I’ll take it with each palms. I spoke to Coach Thabo in September he additionally suggested me that I ought to simply maintain my choices open. I’d say for now it’s higher with South Africa as a result of with Hugo Broos he sees us round. With Nigeria, it’ll be fairly robust, however I simply do my greatest to additionally get a name up there,” Okon advised Goal in 2023.

In a report printed by The South African, Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Andre Arendse believes it will be an enormous disgrace to observe Okon swap to play for Nigeria.

“I do know I’m not placing strain on him as a result of he can deal with it. He’s beginning to show it in video games, we have to take care of him. About twin citizenship, we higher watch out we don’t lose him, he’s one for the longer term. I do know what I’m speaking about, I had the privilege of enjoying behind a few of the greatest defenders in South Africa – I don’t even want to say names, you guys know who I’m speaking about and I’m telling you now in just a few years he’s going to be up there and even higher than these,” the 56-year-old advised Objective in quotes revealed by the South African.

In accordance with iDiski Times, Okon is being monitored by Frank Onyeka’s former membership in Denmark, FC Midtjylland. He has racked up 27 appearances for Matsatantsa since being promoted from the Diski Problem aspect.

Ought to Okon select to play for the Tremendous Eagles of Nigeria, it will likely be a serious enhance and addition to the squad, to allow them to be correctly built-in, as William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo enter into the closing phases of their profession.

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