Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, has accused coaches of the then Golden Eaglets of denying him the opportunity to join the Nigerian squad at the 2007 FIFA World cup in South Korea over refusal to pay a bribe.

David Alaba: Refusal To Pay Bribe Prevented Me From Playing For Nigeria

The late Yemi Tella was in charge of the Golden Eaglets at that time. In an interview with All Nigeria Soccer, Alaba called the Nigerian U-17 coaches, ‘jokers’ and vowed not to ever have anything to do with any of them.

He claimed to have trained with Palanga midfielder, Haruna Lukman Abdulkarim, UB Conquense forward, Macauley Chrisantus and Slovan Bratislava’s midfielder, Rabiu Ibrahim ahead of the 2007 World Cup.

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David Alaba was eligible to represent Nigeria but switched to Austria, the country he was given birth in, after that encounter. Alaba has a Filipino mother and a Nigerian father.

Alaba has earned 68 caps for Austria, netting 13 times and represented the country at the 2016 European Championship

Culled from LIB

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