Bayern Munich star, David Olatokunbo Alaba says he will always support the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Russia. 2018 World.
Fate brought the ever smiling left back with his compatriots as he is in camp with the Austrian national team in the same Avita Resort where the Super Eagles arepreparing for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Alaba whose father is a retired Nigerian DJ is here in Bad Tatzmannsdorf preparing with his team for the high profile international friendly against Brazil in Vienna,Austria.
Alaba took time out to lend moral support to the Nigerian national team by watching the Eagles’ training session yesterday.
Elated Eagles’ stars who were pleasantly surprised at Alaba’s presence cracked jokes while teasing him that he was on loan with the Austrian national team and will soon be recalled by Nigeria.
Speaking with SportingLife.ng in a brief chat, Alaba stated that his support for the Super Eagles and Nigeria were never in doubt.
“Even in my club, I always use every opportunity to demonstrate my love for the Eagles by wearing the green and white hand band and also raising the Nigerian flag.
” I was born in Austria and grew up playing for them but since my father is a Nigerian, I feel a part of me belongs to Nigeria ”
On why he chose to play for the Austrian national team ahead of Nigeria, Alaba said: “I started playing for the Austrian national team at the age of 17 and by thattime, the Nigeria Football Federation did not make any approach for me to play for Nigeria.
” So, that’s the reason I opted to play for Austria maybe if Nigeria had made contact with me, who knows I would have changed my mind”
The pacy full back who reeled out the names of top Eagles’ stars to the delight of everyone at the training pitch revealed that he eats Nigerian foods like fufu, eba and egusi soup.
“Yes, my dad usually prepares Nigerian foods for me at home. I eat eba, fufu with egusi soup”Alaba said he is also aware of the support from Nigerian fans and he was thankful for that.
“It’s so good to know that Nigerians support me because I’m part of them even when I chose to play for Austria. I’m really grateful for their show of support and love”