By Johnny Edward:
Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has labelled reports of him having an altercation with his national team captain Mikel Obi as ‘falsehood’, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
There were reports that the pair (Onazi and Mikel) are at loggerheads over the leadership of the team and the alleged tussle is affecting the chemistry of the players in camp.
Onazi admits he has noy been at his best in recent games but adds that his performance has not affected his outstanding relationship with the Tianjin TEDA star Mikel.
“It’s ridiculous to read that I don’t take orders from him (Mikel),” Onazi told only CSN.
“He’s an outstanding individual and it hurts that this could be out there without verification.
“I relate well with Mikel, he is our captain and our leader. Thank you for trying to balance your reports.
“We all grew up together in Jos and he’s someone I have looked up to since I started my career. I get along with him and he has been helpful encouraging me after the criticism I recieved after the England game.”
On the team’s defeat against Czech Republic, the former SS Lazio midfielder admitted that the team must improve to stand a good chance against Croatia.
“We are here to do our country proud and to achieve that we must improve on our performances,” he added.
Onazi was left out of Nigeria’s squad that lost 1-0 to Czech Republic and it remains to be seen if he will be restored to the starting line-up for the team’s Russia 2018 World Cup opener against Croatia.