In an interview with the Super Eagles Media Team via YouTube, Okoye explained his decision to represent Nigeria.
The 20-year old, who was born and raised in the city of Dusseldorf, was a relatively unknown name until Gernot Rohr included him in the Super Eagles squad that played Ukraine in a friendly in September.
The shot-stopper was then given his chance when he came on for Francis Uzoho in the 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil a month later.
The young goalie says feeling “like a Naija Boy” was a motivating factor when he had to choose between representing either Germany or the Super Eagles of Nigeria in international football. He said;
“My opinion and my advice is to follow your heart, you have to feel it, where the love is. I felt the love in Nigeria and I feel like a Naija boy, that’s why I chose Nigeria over Germany”. “I felt great after I got my first call-up to the Super Eagles, it was a pleasure. It’s a big step for me in my football career. “With the first call-up I had a bit of problems but after that for the Ukraine game everything was set up and I prepared well.
“I couldn’t wait to get to the Super Eagles, everything went well. Thank God.”