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Akindele Opts For Canada

Written By: SD Reporter


Nigerian-born FC Dallas of America striker, Tesho Akindele has apparently opted to star for Canda, instead of lining himself up for an international career with the Super Eagles.

This much has been revealed by Canada’s coach, Benito Floro, who insists that Akindele had not at any time previously thought about playing for the Eagles, but says the lad had always agreed to play for Les Rouges ahead of Nigeria.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, to a Nigerian father and Canadian mother, Akindele is also eligible to represent United States, having moved to the country 15 years ago.

In his debut season, Akindele was named Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year and, in six outings for FC Dallas this term, he hit target against Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union.

Three months back, Akindele would have debuted for the USA in their friendly against Chile but the paperwork from Fifa recognizing his American citizenship was missing.

In November 2014, the 23-year-old turned down an opportunity to play for his country of birth, Canada, at the eleventh hour, after he earlier gave his word that he would attend the training camp, but Floro insists Akindele will now play for his team.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Benito Floro said: ”He needed to choose and I think he committed a mistake, because he agreed to attend our camp.

”I decided to take two, three, four months to (ascertain) if Akindele is absolutely sure to play with Canada. Most important (thing is for the player) to have a good feeling for Canada.”

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