Group E: Switzerland to parade Nigerian in Russia


By Sampson Benjamin.

Aside from Nigeria’s Super Eagles playing at the Russia 2018 World Cup and Dele Alli representing Three Lions of England another Nigerian will still play at the World Cup in colour of Switzerland.

Manuel Obafemi Akanji was born to a Nigerian father and Swiss mother and began his youth football career with Wiesendangen and later moved to FC Winterthur.

Akanji signed for FC Basel in 2015/16 season and made his debut in September 2015 against Lugano.

The 22- year old player made his senior team debut for Switzerland in 2017 during the World Cup qualifier against Faroe Island after playing with the Junior team in 2014.

The defence stalwart made the biggest move of his career during 2018 winter transfer to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

He was listed among the 23 players that would represent Switzerland in Russia.

Switzerland are in the same group E with favourite Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Photo credit: Switzerland FA

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