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​Onazi Vows To Proves Critics Wrong

​Onazi Vows To Proves Critics Wrong

By Johnny Edward:

 

Ogenyi Onazi has vowed to prove how good he is to the Super Eagles midfielder handlers after been left out of the Nigerian squad to face South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on November 17 and a friendly tie against Uganda three days later reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

 

Onazi missed Nigeria’s doubleheader against Libya due to an Achilles injury he sustained while at the national team camp.

 

But despite returning to action for his Turkish side, Trabzonspor in their last two games the 25-year-old was overlooked by the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr for next month’s crucial game against South Africa billed for the FNB stadium on the 17th of November.

 

Also excluded from the team is skipper, John Obi Mikel. The Tianjin Teda midfielder has not featured for the Super Eagles since captaining the country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

“I’ve always been committed to the team and I will always be even if I’m not there,” he told CSN.

 

“It’s a game we must win I will be backing them to achieve that.”

 

“The team comes first before any individual.”

 

Onazi further told Fanatik.tr.com: ”I’ll show my quality and talents to those who didn’t give me the chance to play in the World Cup.”

 

Onazi has made 12 appearances for Trabzonspor this term scoring one goal. He has also made 51 appearances for the Super Eagles since his debut in 2012.

 

 

COMMENTS

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  • Shege luzzy 3 weeks ago

    A drowning man holds on to any straw.cant remember when you last put up a decent display for Nigeria.your exclusion was no surprise.it even surprises me the more that your career is dwindling at 25 when you should be at your peak.or is there something we don’t know.Au revoir onazi

    • Purifiedtr 3 weeks ago

      Worst things was said about Ighalo but God came through for him and caused millions of Nigerians to swallow the venom they’ve initially spilled out against him. No man has the right to conclude a man’s story. It is early to think Onazi is finished my friend, give him opportunity to prove us wrong with beautiful form.

  • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

    …and pls who were those who didnt allow you to play in the world cup..???
    This guy is really feeling special…!!! I will advise him to rather be humble, else his days in the eagles are numbered. He whom the gods want to kill, they first fill him with pride

    • Emmanue streams 3 weeks ago

      Dr. Drey..i neva like is game play and just like uzoho..am a goalkpeer!,uzoho does nt ve d qualities of gk

      • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

        Hahahah

      • @Emmanue, are you a professional goalkeeper? NPFL, NFL or foreign league? If so, it will be interesting to have your take/analysis on Uzoho. I like his focus on the pitch and the way he makes himself big to block balls, but t have my doubts about his reflexes and ability to dive full length and tip out goal-bound shots. And worse, the current reserve goalkeepers are not very good either. What major weaknesses have you noticed about Uzoho’s game and areas he could improve? Which current goalkeeper do you think rather deserves the number one spot between the sticks in the SE squad. Pray tell. I’m interested. Thanks.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

    Onazi of 2014 was very fantastic a good fighter and dynamic player so if today the story is different then we have to remember players like this in prayers because most of them go through a lot of factors that we can not see. Anyway I wish him well in his fight back 

    • my brother for Nigerian players most times its about the will and maintaining the discipline when thier career starts to blossom..we all thought onazi was going to be the next big thing when he broke into the lazio 1st team,he was a part of the 1st team then with a certain Keita Balde from Senegal after a shortwhile while Onazi was finding it hard to get into the 1st team after a brief stint Balde remained a regular and in no time made a lucrative move to Monaco while our dear Onazi went to Turkey and since then his footballing fortunes began to dwindle…Sadly that has been the lot of most of our players

  • Let just watch out and see. Not by talking but I think I personally is more concern about the final result.

  • Mr Streams 3 weeks ago

    Onazi..i neva love ya game play!

  • Greenturf 3 weeks ago

    A committed player indeed Ogenyi Onazi.Highly spirited and energetic defensive midfielder.
    Having said that,his fortunes started dwindling during test matches preparatory to the world cup in Russia.He lost his prowess and struggled alongside compatriot Joel Obi.Results were bad and hopes of millions of fans were all low and there was uncertainties weeks leading to the mundial.
    Apparently he lost his place in the first team.No one was behind his exclusion rather poor form led to his bench role.He should leave pride aside and accept the fact he was a shadow of himself at that time but he can be the best he can by working harder to be that player we all cherished.He is only 25 so he has years ahead of him to get to the maximum.
    Honestly,I was somewhat disappointed by Onazi’s comments.A senior player should know better after all we had 23 players to the mundial and it’s nobody’s right to be in the first 11 rather the coaches makes the call the decision and if someone is better than the other then they deserve to play end of.
    Meanwhile,I hope we get all three points against south Africa.Musa has proven to be a fantastic leader and once more he is primed to lead us to victory against south Africa.
    I wish you well super eagles,God bless Nigeria!

    • Birikiti 3 weeks ago

      I remember warning those that were fielded for Super Eagles friendlies leading up to the World Cup to put in their best as the bench is filled with players eager to grab shirts. Starting from match against Congo DR, Onazi played big man football and took things for granted. Etebo came in and locked down the position. You have yourself to blame bro…the way back is to shut up and work hard and not try to whip up sentiments. When next you get an opportunity, you play your hearts out and reclaim you shirt! Look at Isaac Success and learn pls.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

    His days are numbered in the SuperEagles. Onazi was never a top midfielder. He was lucky to be in the SuperEagles at a time Joel Obi was struggling with injuries. His passes are abysmal to say the list. His shots are always wayward. He was one of the reasons the SuperEagles were stagnant since we won the AFCON in 2013.

    Thank God we have a foreign coach who doesn’t give a blip. Onazi has never improved since he broke into the SuperEagles, and if you go to Turkey in your prime then certainly your career is dwindling.

  • As off course or trivial this contribution may be, I have a strong conviction about it. Not every footballer can handle the natural changes that come with their career and maintain the drive, tempo, grit, and skills that launched them into limelight as a future great. What life changes am I talking about? Wealth, age, weather changes, women, marriage, child bearing and adapting to a new coach’s tactics.

    Often when the performance of a player with enormous potentials start to dwindle, look closely, one of these is the culprit. Ramon Azeez benched this same Onazi during Nigeria 2009 U-17 FIFA World Cup, but ultimately couldn’t cope in the La Liga, Probably has faded into oblivion now. Perhaps if he had changed league like Mikel Agu and Onyekuru did, he would have blossomed again, no? Where’s Okoro ‘Little Messi’ of the same set? Age falsification? How about the ingeniously talented Imoh Ezekiel? And so on. And when free women for cash came across Isaac Success, his game plummeted. Iheanacho was struggling at a time. I suspected women. Lol.

    My point? I observed Onazi began to ‘blow up’ and become lethargic on the field of play soon after marriage. Marriage is a good thing, but as a footballer you must maintain your shape and physical discipline just like Musa and Mikel, who even appeared to grow slimmer and faster.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

      Ramon Azeez plays for CD Lugo in
      the Spanish Segunda. The same league Igbekeme or Igbekube everyone is clamoring for plays in. Definitely not in the Oblivion just that his career has plummeted since his days at Almeria. The 2009 GoldenEaglets also produced Omeruo. Among that set only Onazi, Azeez, Omeruo and Ajagun are still kinda active. Ajagun plays week in week out in Belgium I’m still surprise at his non invitation to the national team. Meanwhile, that was a set awashed with age falsification with the saga of a certain Fortunate Chukwudi that established the beginning of MRI to determine the actual age of 25 year olds parading themselves as U17. Onazi is 25 (Nigerian Age). He blossomed at Lazio, but his career has plummeted since then. Etebo and Ogu seems to preferred ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment. I will even prefer Anderson Esiti to Onazi anytime.

      • 2009 Under 17 players currently active:

        Omeruo Leganese Spanish premier league
        Ramon Azeez Lugo Spanish Second division
        Onazi Trabzonspor Turkish Premier league
        Otubanjo Yusuf LASK Norwegian Premier league
        Olanrewaju Kayode Shaktar Donetsk Ukraine premier league 
        Abduljeleel Ajagun Kortjik Belgian Premier league
        Dami Paul Katsina United (Nigerian Premier league)

        If we compare with the England under 17 team of 2009 for the Euros only Jack Wiltshire (West Ham), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle) and Benik Afobe (Stoke) are recognisable names  

        My point? That one is Good at 17 in 2009 doesn’t mean they will make it at the top level. And “our boys “ have been twice as successful since 2009 as England with less than 1% of the resources at their disposal.

    • That a player shows potential at 16 or 17 does not mean they will turn out to be a great professional. Ramon Azeri played very well yesterday when his club Lugo in the second division beat Spanish premier league side Leganese (with his under 17 team mate Omeruo playing). He has not faded into oblivion oh lol.

      Imoh Ezekiel is currently with  Kortjik in the premier league and is continuing his bit part role as he has done since 2016.

      But I agree club choice, playing style, tactics, coach, life (teenager with money, women, alcohol, drugs) changes as well as body changes plus injuries all go a long way in determining a players fate. Osimhen struggled for 3 years (in oblivion?) with Wolfsburg before joining Charleroi in the Belgian league and is doing very well now. As is Omeruo with Leganese, Success with Watford, Ndidi with Leicester, Aina with Torino, Agu with Setubal.

      Club choice makes a huge difference. And I’m sure once Awaziem, Nwakali and Balogun find “their clubs” they will begin to flourish.

      As for Onazi, he was our super destroyer in front of defence. And was key to the squad like Ndidi is now. It took France taking him out of the game with Matuidi breaking his foot for the French to get past us in the second round of the World Cup in 2014. After he was taken out of the game they introduced Greizman and the rest was history.

      Alas it took him 4 years to recover and find his form again. His attitude doesn’t seem to be doing him any favours now. Maybe he wasn’t a great passer maybe he was deficient in other areas, but with him in front of our defence we were sure he will make the interventions to stop the oppositions attacks.

      • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

        Well said I love the part of the Nigeria France game on how you highlighted his contribution but sad to know some people will forget good because they want to create Chaos and voice mediocrity. Whoever brands Onazi a wayward passer and shooter I’m sure its a voice of bitterness and lack of wisdom. If turkey is oblivion then what do we call China? Footballwise pays rather than the voice of a moron!

        • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

          Yes his passes are abysmal and a wayward shooter. I get am before no be property. It’s about what can you do for me at the moment. You are the one who lacks significant wisdom because you can’t see beyond your nose.

          • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

            You’re a Dumbass Clueless moron past and present Onazi is good take it or leave it. Rohr has grudge against him with regards to not wanting to be on bench and it’s none of your business to take advantage and talk anyhow like some old cow

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            Your father and your entire generation is a dumbass and qualified morons. If Onazi is that why is he still playing for a mid table Turkish club? Olodo rabata. Yet you will come here and claim that Nigeria players are mediocre. Who is now worshipping mediocrity between me and your clueless self? Bloody asshole if the highest order. I’m sure you’re already knocking your miserable Head on the wall because your mediocre Onazi is not called.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            When me and BigD are conversing we converse in a mature and reasonable way. You only come here with vituperations and you quickly forgot that I’m the master of vituperations I will give it back to you the way you want. Bloody asshole a fool at 70. Idiot of the highest order. Go and tell your story to your dumbass and morons kids at home.

          • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

            It pains me that a failure in life will come out and insult a successful man. Whichever way you and your entire generation will not come 10% closer to the Olodo you call yourself because by all standards pain and bitterness is root of you outrage and stupidity take it or leave it you will die trying in Nigeria and insulting successful people will only add more woes to you and your generation I walker pass you and safe my energy for greater things.

          • Brutus 'the barber' Beefcake 3 weeks ago

            Make Una take am easy o.

          • Make Una take am easy.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            Asshole. What have you achieved in life? How can you escape from Zambisa forest living with Shekau? Your entire generation that have been entrapped in the forest and can never the good things of life. I’m glad I’m living a good life. You can never escape from Shekau. That’s why you still live in the zoo. Bloody asshole.

  • i wish Onazi rediscover the form that made him fans favourite in the past, however he would have do himself a very good favour by keeping silent and work harder to reclaim his place in the team.it was a good development to have plethora of option to choose from for our national team. God bless Nigeria

  • Sunnyb 3 weeks ago

    Don’t worry Onazii, u need to cut  down  ur eating and drinking habit, be more dedicated to ur career by training more and stay humble,u can still stage a good come back. no retreat no surrender.

  • I actually like Onazi in 2013, 2014 and in youth football but he clearly has lost his ways recently football-wise.
    Onazi covered a lot of grounds, had a powerful shots, was versatile (I remember him playing right full-back in AFCON 2013) and could instigate attacks.
    I like his center-of-gravity and truly believed he would be around for years to come.
    And yes, he finest hour was in 2014 when France had to take him out to disorientate Nigeria’s midfield before they could score 2 soft goals.
    Onazi, in 2013-14, like many great center/defensive midfielder, was an unsong hero for Nigeria.
    Some times if you watched a whole game you might not see Onazi but if you watched Onazi, you would see the whole game.
    But that is all in the past and in football term, almost ancient history.
    The Onazi I see these days is a shadow of his former self and it is painful to see.
    That said, if successive Super Eagles handlers over time have refused to give up on Joel Obi ( a player who now appears to have next to nothing, I mean nothing at all, to offer the Super Eagles despite fortunate enough to still be playing in Italy), then it is understandable why they should not give up on Onazi.
    Any player, even the past-my-prime Joel Obi, has it in them to miraculously find form and confound critics.
    If Joel Obi or Onazi should find form and help Nigeria do well in a major tournament, then good them, good for us and good for coaches who stubbornly kept faith with them over many games.

  • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

    It’s okay Onazi. I know that you are always ready to give it all for your country but this is what happens when you have a coach who doesn’t know right to left.

    The rifts between Onazi and coach Rohr started at this year world cup in Russia.

    For coach Rohr playing Ighalo in Russia and Onazi was benched throughout the tournament must be questionable.

    Oga Rohr have changed totally. What is the purpose of building a house and destroying it in the end?

    This coach have started the war he can never wins. It seems like something is happening in Eagles camp that none of us knows about.

    Victor Moses left the team after the world cup and he indirectly mentioned something about other players in the team.

    How about Mikel, Mikel quoted by saying he was not fully fit… now Onazi. Hmmm, that is why I scored the Libya coach higher than coach Rohr because nobody can pushed him around. It’s not about winning matches only but self esteem and maturity.

    Mr. Rohr issue is like a child who mocks Iroko tree and expecting the Iroko tree to reacts Instanter but forgetting that Oluwere tree is not human, it won’t reacts at that moment.

    My words sound like proverb but only the wise ones would comprehends me. You fight one player and the rest of them fight you back.

    I have been warning coach Rohr for so long but now the result may reveals itself before the Afcon or at Afcon in Cameroon 2019.

    This man used to be a father to his players before now while everything was going on smoothly. After the world cup, things have not going the same way. Ask me why, I don’t know. Only coach Rohr and his players can answer that question. The only solution to the rifts between Rohr and some of his players is to settle the issue amicably or NFF should step in before it is too late. If not, our players won’t getting along with each other anymore. I have said my own as omo9ja. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

      “After the WorldCup things are not going his way”. Please tell me how? 3 wins in 3 matches. That is why I was wondering when you came here and start praising Rohr after the Libya match that your account was hacked. Because that’s not you. Now you’re venomising the coach. How is the Libya coach better than Rohr. Well thank God you’re not anywhere near the coaching staff. You can only keep writing your epistle here. No probs when we agonizingly lose or draw a match that’s when you can have a filled day. For now you just dey Yan.

      • Ashy Slashy 3 weeks ago

        Hey Ayphills, I think you really need to read deep into Omo9ja’s rhetorics at times to conceptualise his logic.
        It is clear the man is neither a fan of Rohr nor Ighalo and would only come out to praise them if they perform well.
        When he says ‘After the world cup, things have not going the same way.’ I think he is referring to players contentments and nothing else.
        Think about it, Victor Moses retired unceremoniously, Mikel plays for his club but is nowhere to be seen in the national team, Onazi is dropped for Mikel Agu of all people and Iheanacho is slowly becoming a beach warmer in the national team.
        Look, I may be wrong but Omo9ja means well, I think.

        • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

          Yes you’re right Ashy. Omo9ja only praise Rohr and Ighalo when they perform well and he’s definitely not a fan of both. However, I think he should stick to his guns. Not blowing hot and cold when the team is doing well or vice versa. I’m not a fan of Ighalo since the WorldCup,zelle but he’s proving to be a better player since then and the jury is still out on him to see if he can sustain that form against top African oppositions. Im not a fan of Mikel Agu either. I would’ve preferred an Anderson Esiti to him anytime any day, but he plays regularly in the Portuguese league which is a top 7 league and Victoria Setubal are 7th in the league. Compared to Onazi playing I Turkey. And Trabzonspor is not even a powerhouse in Turkey to say the list. I think Mikel Obi is taking a sabbatical for now. And I don’t think we really need him at the moment. We only need a draw against Bafana and I’m sure this set of players can easily achieve that.

      • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

        @Ayphillydegreat, you know I love you and everyone of you on this forum and I respect you a lot as well but when it comes to the issue of our national team I mean “SUPER EAGLES”, I put sentiments apart and face the truth.

        Onazi wasn’t fully fit before the world cup no doubt but the coach took him to Russia. Whose fault?

        Half Onazi could have changed the game or saved Nigeria destiny for the remaining minutes left to be played against Argentina. If to say the coach made a sub and wasted the remaining minutes by sent a player in, Nigeria could have qualified. Instead, our coach stood there watching Argentine making subs. This Onazi deserves some class from Nigerians. If today Onazi is not that good on the pitch of play to, no problem that is Nigerians. I hope you know that everyone has his own challenges? Hammed Musa, nobody wanted to see him played Nigeria before the world cup but in Russia what happened? How about Ighalo? If Ighalo is a new Yekini, no wahala that is also Nigerians for the public to testifies.

        However, we disagree to agree and if Super Eagles are not performing well as a Nigerian, I need a role to play and when they are doing well, I also have a role to play. Winning two matches in a row as a Nigerian, I have to celebrate with the team because I love my country. If they are not doing well, I will come out and say it.

        I said it yesterday that Musa Mohammed should have included in the team that going to face South Africa and I believed Mr. Rohr read my comment or so, he has changed his mind and includes him to the team now though CSN haven’t carried the news.

        I am trying my best for my country and you people doesn’t see it Ah, am I not deserves an accolade?

        It’s not about winning matches alone but how you put your house in place.

        I don’t have enemies on this platform but friends. I omo9ja remains loyal to you always my people. No hard feelings. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

        • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

          Omo9ja. Paddy mi. No qualms I hear you. I wanted you to analyze your points and you did in a mature way. I always appreciate your contribution even if I don’t agree with most of your points. I’m also very critical with Rohr for not making the timely substitution when needed and that is still my issue with him until he learns from that grave mistake. However, I think he’s the best thing to happen to the SuperEagles since Keshi. We have won 3 straight games in a row since the Mundial. We have qualified for two straight major tournaments and the SuperEagles are now ranked 44th in the world. There was a time we were languishing below the 50s in world rankings. Now we are 3rd in Africa only behind Tunisia and Senegal. Of which I am absolutely certain that the SuperEagles will soon reclaim it’s rightful place at the podium of African football under Rohr in no distance future. What I’m seeing here is 1994 all over again coming together. Any player who thinks he’s not dispensable will become history.

        • Edo King 3 weeks ago

          Let me start by commending you guys for your analysis. As an astute follower of the SE, I have also noticed some common trends here. first, how come, Gernot Rohr only invited 3 midfielders to the match against South Africa? How come Moses and Mikel dont want to play for Nigeria anymore? These are seasoned professionals, they will never say the reason why to the public.

          In my opinion, the match against Argentina at the world cup is still an issue. Not for the fact that they lost but because they believe the coach jeopardised their progress. The act of holding out on substitutions even after Argentina threw in several attacking players. Trust me these players know something they are not telling us. Gernot Rohr is a French/German and it is largely believed that Germans feel Nigeria are too overenthusiastic and they dont belong to that class of footballing nations yet or did the French bribe him to loose. The world cup is not an experimental tournament, we were there 4 years prior and we were expected to build on the gains of Brazil but Rohr kept dragging us back calling his players average.

          On the player selection for the world cup, why would Rohr include a player like Joel Obi who didnt show any promise in any of the friendly matches. Yet players like Uche Agbo, Mikel Agu, Anderson Esiti and even stephen eze were left out of the world cup. Dont tell me this guy is rating players by leagues. Some of these players have interest from big leagues but cant play because of the law in Europe as regards foreign nationals featuring in 70% of national team matches.

          In conclusion, Mikel, Moses, Onazi and even a few other players want the NFF to investigate the world cup match against Argentina and the behind the scenes. At 80 mins with Higuain missing a sitter, any coach in his right mind would have taken out an attacker and put in a defensive minded midfielder capable of breaking up play.

          Well may be I am wrong and Rohr just made a childish mistake.

          • Ashy Slashy 3 weeks ago

            Fair point.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            You’ve made valid points my friend. However, there are no verifiable data that the reason for Mikel and Moses to quit the national team is because of the match against Argentina. The squad that went to Russia is the best Nigeria can offer uptill that point.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            And the fact still remains that even the greatest SuperEagles of all time never defeated Argentina at the WorldCup yet Rohr”s team is the closest to deafeating Argentina if not for what I will call inexperience.

          • You hv made point which nigerians re not seen it good piont something happened that nigh against Argentina .

          • I enjoyed this forum today pls we should stop insulting our self cause we are one nigeria. Thank you very much god bless nigeria.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

    Any player whose career nosedived to Turkey at 25 has significantly lost it. At least Obi is still playing in Italy even if he’s not offering anything in the national team as claimed by most. Although Ogu went to Isreal at 28 during the twighlight of his career and he won titles in Isreal playing in the champions league every single season since then.

    Mikel went to China at the age of 30 after achieving virtually everything there is with Chelsea for over a decade. Ighalo went to China at the age of 28 or 29 when he had played at Granada, Udinese and Watford for about a decade. If a player moves from the NPFL to the Turkish league at 20 or 21 or on loan from a club like Everton at 21 like Onyekuru who is playing for a Turkish powerhouse like Galatasaray, that is acceptable to me.

    If Onazi is that good he shouldn’t be playing for a mid-table Turkish club.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

      Dumbass where have you traveled outside Kano state or least Kastina? In a scale what will you rate Turkey China Saudi Arabia? The voice of illiteracy and stupidity only causes Chaos. Comments are made with no disregard to Captain Musa let the wise corrolate! 

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

        Stupidity is written all over you. You can’t comprehend simple English. Your entire generation of miserable lowlifers are qualified dumbass and morons. You can go and make use of a wet transfer because your superstar Onazi is not called up. Old age is taking its toll on you. Asshole of the highest order. I’m forever ready for you anytime I have your time. You don’t know who you are messing with. Oloshi oloriburuku somebody.

        • I will continue to make your miserable life more miserable on this forum. Stupidit imbecile. Both you and your kids can’t comprehend simple English yet you’re here claiming you’ve achieved everything in life online. A fool at 70. You better be looking for a way to escape from Zambisa forest were you and your entire generation are already entrapped.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

            “Captain Musa” for your mouth! Is it not mediocre Musa that you used to call him??? Miserable moron. Your entire life is astronomically full of confusion.

    • Onyekuru is not permitted to play in the English premiership because according to rules he has to play 75% of Super Eagles matches to qualify for a work permit to play in England. Everton will recall him in the summer if he continues in the qualification matches. That is if he is not sold for a massive profit.

  • Kelvin 3 weeks ago

    Too many kids here!!

  • Guys guys guys. You are not listening to #Edo King. He has given us a thought here. Victor Moses and Mikel Obi. Why did they call time to their international career? It’s intriguing indeed. Is Amaju Pinnick reading this? They are not telling us the whole story. Instead some of you guys are busy placing curses on each other and each family. It is a shameful thing you guys are doing. On Sunday you will deceive yourselves and go to one stupid church ⛪ that are only interested in your money and not how Jesus Christ want you to live your life. We have pleaded severally that you people should stop these abuses and curses but it seems the demons have possessed some people as they love people to do things against God’s way. You guys should stop it right now. Don’t stoop so low to the level of subhuman. You are created in God’s image. Don’t deform that image.

    • @DjCh, @Ayphillydegreat
      Have the South Africans thrown a bag of soldier ants in our camp? Let’s apply the brakes on insulting posts and sort out issues in our house with critical debates. There’s no way we can analyze issues logically if we allow emotions to give us dizzy turns.

      Thanks, DjCh for dousing water on the flame. I was sincerely surprised at the outburst of @Ayphillydegreat. I’ve always respected your calm disposition. @Chima E Samuels, take it easy. It’s better to disagree without being offensive. I suppose we all want the team to succeed. If we only throw missiles at ourselves, we would only become defensive rather than offering ideas to strengthen the team. Rest assured, the contributions of the fans of this forum are linked to the recent upturn in the fortunes of the SE. Return your swords to their sheaths … and consider apologies.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

        Thanks @Achi. I apologise for my outburst. I was having a civil decent and mature conversation with @BigD before that thing came to provoke me. He thinks he’s the only one who Sabi Yan vituperations. Where was he when the team won 3 games in a row. Only to come out from Oblivion to say Onazi is now our Kante. He only came here to talk about how we go to Soccerway and market data before we post our comments. Now tell me between soccerway, Market data and Chima E Samuel who is more reputable? Am I supposed to believe him or soccerway?? When he realized he’s been deceiving himself he resolve to vituperations. Forgetting that I’m also game when it comes to that.

  • Dj, I think you may have a point. Check the article in the link below which suggests that all may not be well in the Super Eagles’ camp.
    .
    https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2018-11-01-nigerias-build-up-to-bafana-showdown-rocked-by-accusations-and-denials-over-squads-composition/
    .
    All the same, I wish them well and pray that peace prevails.

    But why do I have a sneaky feeling that Onazi’s exclusion from the squad may be a result of Rohr not wanting any distraction that a disgruntled player may cause ahead of such a big match?
    .
    Clearly I have no fact to verify this theory but Onazi coming out with stuff like: ”I’ll show my quality and talents to those who didn’t give me the chance to play in the World Cup” only goes to show that there is something amiss.

  • I think @EdoKing made some observations about Rohr and the SE during and post-World Cup. Victor Moses retirement came so sudden and as a shock to most Nigerians. There was no indication earlier. Echiejile is virtually out of the SE, same with Joel Obi. Akpeyi is on the fringes. Onazi is frustrated he’s not getting enough opportunities on the field, and now Mikel Obi is giving mixed signals.

    Do you observe a trend here that #EdoKing is trying to allude to (though as a speculation)? Yes, of the old brigade in the SE going to the World Cup (25+), only a handful are still effectively in the main team.

    Here’s my take to add to #EdoKing’s theory. Rohr wants to stay here long term on the job to build his CV (remember he’s rejected offers by some African FAs like Algeria), and has the assurances of Pinnick.

    He probably told the squad after Russia 2018 that he’ll be working with U23 players only and grow with them (seems a common German and French model). Only few of the old guard (Musa, Ighalo, Balogun) will be relied on to beef up the new, young team with experience.

    So Moses felt it was the best time to retire and concentrate on club football; and Mikel too is quietly mulling retirement. Echiejile and Joel Obi knows they’ll hardly get a call up again.

    Of course, once Rohr finds the perfect replacements for players like Musa, Ighalo and Balogun, they too go on the bench like Onazi, while Ekong becomes the captain. #JustaTheory.

    • Mikel, Onazi, Moses were playing their last world cup. By next world cup Mikel will be 34? Moses will be a 30 something year old winger and Onazi will be struggling. Echiejile is more or less done with the SE

      The good thing is we have two classes of players who can fill in. Golden eaglets class of 2013 and class of 2015.

      Ighalo, will be replaced by Success (2013) or Osimhen (2015), Musa by Chukwueze, M Simon or Onyekuru, Balogun by Stephen Eze.

      The future is bright and these players will be blooded and experienced by mid 2019 and will be seasoned professionals by Qatar 2022.

      By the time you add Orji Okonkwo, Mohammed Musa, Alhassan and Nwakali (if he gets his act together) we will have a spine to the team solidified by those two classes from keeper, through defence to midfield to attack with “elders” Iwobi, Troost, Ndidi to give experience

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

        Good point BigD. Mikel will be 35 actually, Moses will be 31 and Onazi will be 29 by Qatar 2022. If at 25 Onazi can not displace Ndidi and Etebo. Is it at 29 he will displace them? Ndidi and Etebo with Iwobi in front of them is our best midfield combo at the moment.

        In the absence of any of them Ogu and Agu can do the job even though in the long run Ogu will be replaced by any of Alhasan, Esiti and the likes. We have a young team and that’s what the gaffer is focusing on nurturing them to prominence. It begins at the WorldCup in Russia and it will continue at the AFCON next year.

  • mikel is a good guy, very sensitive, i dont know why people cant read the handwriting on wall. and disturbing him? he is an hero for crying out loud…..mikel love the national team so much and always support it, unlike non_patriotic moses….mikel’mikel’mikel knw that there are young talented player… he knw some of them are better than himself and he want to support them grow into game…….was it not mikel said this..(iwobi dont worry i will soon retire for you?). was it not mikel said this…rohr invite kelechi nwakali for the match against seychelles?) was it not mikel said (iheanacho is a good player?) all this player he mentioned, all operating thesame position he occupy. you have to know wat he mean. indirectly ……. onazi cause his place in the game against england and mr rohr want to use the best that is better than the best. simple reason onazi was snubbed…… i still blame rohr for not making each position competitive. he need to change this late substitution……maybe onazi might ha

  • Thanks for ur observations. ..here’s mine.
    After the world cup truly….
    Some key players withdrawn and some foreign born started declaring to be with the team..e.g
    Jonas David (Hamburg)..
    He even congratulated Jamil Collins when he received his call up
    Lookman, Ojo, Udegbe and recently,  Billing just granted meeting with the some unknown rohr’s scouts. Let’s wait n see. After all,  we are performing well recently