Nigeria is on the verge of losing FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele, who is soon to be granted United States of America, USA citizenship which means he will be available for the United States men’s national team, a choice he says he will consider.
Akindele, who has a Nigerian father and a Canadian mother was the 6th overall draft pick in the last Major League Soccer, MLS draft and has been in fine form for his club this season.
He was also invited by the Canadian national team but elected to stay at his club and focus on his career for now, sparking wide spread rumors he might elect to play for the United States.
“I was really flattered that Canada called me. But right now I think it’s best to focus on my club career and help our playoff push,” he said.
Akindele has hit home seven goals in 26 appearances for FC Dallas, a feat which might propel him as a candidate for the rookie of the year award in the MLS
Meanwhile, Obafemi Martins of Seattle Sounders is the most popular Nigerian player in the MLS in a list that includes the likes of Andre Akpan of the New York Red Bulls, Sam Adekugbe of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Amobi Akugo of the Philadelphia Union and Ike Opara of Sporting Kansas City who are players that have Nigerian heritage who feature for MLS teams.