U17 AFCON: Dokunmu Explains Easy Decision to Pick Either South Africa over Nigeria


South Africa U17 MNT head Coach, Duncan Crowie has selected Nigerian, Michael Dokunmu in the 23-man squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations.

The U17 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off from April 29 to May 19 and it 12 teams will compete for title as well as the four World Cup tickets.


South Africa are in group B along with Nigeria, Morocco and Zambia and the Amajimbos are vying for their second FIFA U17 World Cup appearance.

Dokunmu who has been selected to represent South Africa was born to Nigerian parents in Kimberley, South Africa. He is a part of the youth team of Dutch club, Vitesse.

The Attacking Midfielder holds dual nationality, but ultimately chose South Africa citing his comfort level with the Amajimbos as the main factor in his decision.

“I chose South Africa because it’s my birthplace, I decided because I am more comfortable playing for my birthplace and because I really love South Africa,” Dokunmu said per the South African.

“It was one of my dreams, one of my goals to get called up to the national team and from here, the U17 team and then gradually going on to make my debut for the national first team,” Dokunmu added.

On May 6th, Nigeria and the Amajimbos will face off in Algeria. Dokunmu could potentially be part of the line-up for the match.

The youngster has been in good form this season, scoring four goals and providing one assist in eight appearances for Vitesse’s U18 team.


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