Eddy Ogenyi Onazi is apparently not taking kindly to his exclusion from the Super Eagles’ list of invitees for next month’s matches against South Africa and Uganda, as the Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder believes there is a gang-up against him.
Although Gernot Rohr had stated that Onazi was left out on account of fitness issues, the ex-SS Lazio of Italy star insists he is in good physical condition and will prove it with top form at his club.
Onazi takes his mind as far back as the World Cup to buttress his allegations of a conspiracy against him in the Eagles, as he hinted that ‘some people’ stopped him from playing at the tournament.
There had been speculation all along about a serious fall out between Onazi and Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi at the Russia 2018 World Cup, as both players appeared to disagree after Nigeria’s opening loss to Croatia.
Although team officials and Rohr continue refuting the story, the latest comments by the embattled player would go a long way towards confirming that, indeed, all is not well between Onazi and Mikel.
It would also be noted that the 25-year-old put a lie to any fitness issues last weekend, as he excelled for Trabzonspor in a 1-1 draw against Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig.
He went on to garner lots of rave reviews for his performance at the Antalya Stadyumu on Saturday, and the star is now talking about doing even better to prove his ‘enemies’ wrong.
”I’ll show my quality and talents to those who didn’t give me the chance to play in the World Cup,” says Onazi.
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