The 23-year old English-born Reading midfielder stepped out for the Super Eagles for the first time in their 3-1 win over Sudan in their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja and had some complimentary words for new teammate and Chelsea veteran Mikel.
A clearly elated Akpan posted the following on Twitter regarding both the influence of Mikel and his feelings after making his debut for the country of his parents' origin.
Hope Akpan (@HopeAkpan) October 15, 2014
Delighted is an understatement. I have realised a small dream today making my international debut for @NGSuperEagles— Hope Akpan (@HopeAkpan) October 15, 2014
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