Bayern Munich star, David Alaba has revealed he chose to play for Austria ahead of Nigeria because he was asked to pay a bribe.
Alaba said he was asked to pay a bribe by the Golden Eaglets coaches before making the roster for FIFA U17 World Cup in 2007.
According to allnigeriasoccer, Alaba who was born in Vienna to a Filipino mother and Nigerian father, had always been eligible to represent the Super Eagles before he became cap-tied to his country of birth, Austria.
The defender claimed that he trained with the Nigeria U17s, which contained the likes of Lukman Haruna, Macauley Chrisantus and Rabiu Ibrahim, ahead of the tournament in South Korea and impressed during the training camp.
However, the Golden Eaglets coaches wanted to collect money from him, but his mother refuted that and noted there was no way she was going to part with a single penny.
Speaking recently, the 26-year-old labelled the Nigeria U17 coaches ‘jokers’ and vowed not to respond to their greetings if he is approached by them.
David Olatukunbo Alaba is an Austrian professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national team. He holds Austria’s record as the youngest player to play for their senior national team, debuting for them in 2009 as a 17-year-old.