German Onugkha has ended speculation over his international future by choosing Russia ahead of Nigeria.
The FC Krasnodar loanee qualifies to represent the Super Eagles if he invokes the granny rule as he has a Nigerian father.
Born in Moscow 24 years ago, the in-form Vejle Boldklub frontman is confident that he can break into the Russian national team in the next one and a half years.
“I don’t choose between Russia and Nigeria. Targeting the Russian national team, a year and a half, and I’ll be there. I am 100 per cent sure. It’s time, it’s time,” Onugkha said to Championat.
“The next season needs to be on a good note, that’s all. Why not? I am already 24 years old, I have good statistics, I can score goals. The next stage is the Russian national team. I can do it, I’m sure of it.
“I have now scored four in the RPL, four in Denmark. I look at the statistics of the same Zabolotny, the same Sobolev, who scored ten and nine.
“Yes, even on Dzyuba. I can do as well. Yes, now Dzyuba is the strongest striker. He is in good and familiar conditions, where he is the leader and the captain. They play on it.
“Then comes Sobolev, followed by Zabolotny but soon Onugkha will break into this trio. This is the next task.”
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