Despite contrasting reactions that have greeted the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) appointment of Joseph Yobo as Gernot Rohr’s assistant, Ogenyi Onazi insists he is ready to ‘do everything’ for the ex-Everton defender.
The Denizlispor midfielder and his former captain worked together to help the three-time African champions win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, while both had a role to play in the country’s Round of 16 finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup was the last time we played together and it was a big privilege playing along with him in the Super Eagles,” the 27-year-old told Goal.
“We all know Yobo then at Everton before moving to Fenerbahce. In fact, I could not even call him by his name when we were together in the national team.
“I used to call him ‘senior man’ because of the respect I have for him and because of his personality.
“Seeing Yobo as a coach now, I will do everything to play for him and also respect him because he is loaded with experience.
“He has a lot to give me and add to my game so I’m ready to play for him with all my zeal and energy and I can't wait to do that.”
Onazi is expected to return to Rohr’s squad now that his Achilles injury has been taken care of.
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