By David Meshioye:
Super Eagles and SC Lazio midfield enforcer, Onazi Ogenyi has expressed his delight over the camaraderie that exists in camp as the team prepare to face Chad in the 2017 AFCON qualifier in Kaduna this weekend.
Still basking in the euphoria of his club qualification for UEFA Champions League football next season, at the expense of Napoli where he scored Lazio’s third goal, Onazi posited that the atmosphere of love within Super Eagles camp is what the team needs to begin a fresh campaign and reach the pinnacle of success.
He showered encomiums on Coach Stephen Keshi and the coaching crew for their efforts at ensuring that the bond that saw Nigeria emerge as African Champions 2013 is restored, adding that the coast is clear for the team to return to winning with victory against Chad as non negotiable.
“I am happy with the environment and everybody is in high spirits. We are happy to come together again now that we have put our past behind us. I have always said that better is not good enough for the best is yet to come. It feels great to come together as one happy family at the end of European football season," begins Onazi.
"Big boss is like a father to us and it feels great to have him and the crew around. We just want to play and ensure Nigeria qualify for Gabon 2017 and that, we shall achieve by the special grace of God,” he said.
Onazi scored his first Serie A goal on the last day of the season, to help his Lazio side beat Napoli 4:2 in a Champions League play off decider.
Lazio were 3rd on the table going into the game and needing a point to guarantee they finish above Napoli, who saw their Manager Rafa Benitez sit in the dugout for the last time.