Meet former Real Madrid defender who has switched allegiance to Nigeria
Getting Nigeria players abroad to strengthen the Super Eagles squad has been a path threaded by the Amaju Pinnick led board since they resumed office in September 2014.
This move over time has proved to be successful with the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo and others playing a huge role in the current Super Eagles squad.
After their exploit with the Super Eagles, so many players in Europe of Nigeria descent have been convinced to switch allegiance to play for their fatherland.
This has prompted Real Madrid graduate, Derik Osede Prieto to switch his allegiance from Spain to Nigeria even after winning the 2012 UEFA European Championship with Spain at Under 19 level.
Derik was born in Madrid, Spain to a Nigeria Father and a Spanish mother which enables him to have dual citizenship to represent either Nigeria or Spain at international level.
Despite his exploit in the Spanish Cadet team, representing all categories from the U16’s – U21, the 26-year-old never had a chance to feature for La Roja.
Even after switching allegiance to the Eagles, he is yet to receive a call-up due to the current form of defenders Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo.
The defender has played for Bolton Wanderers in the past but is currently on the books of Segunda side, Numancia – where he has played ten games and scored once this season.
He was in action for the Segunda side on Friday – featuring for the entire duration of his side’s 2-0 victory over Catalonia side, Girona.