Onazi: I’m Not Fighting With Mikel; Our Team Must Improve

Onazi: I’m Not Fighting With Mikel; Our Team Must Improve

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.

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COMMENTS

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  • Nigeria is not going to do anything at d world cup.

    • I suspect. The team is not as good as they made everyone believe.

    • Yet 50 per cent of those surveyed on this website, believe Nigeria will win the World Cup. Brazil was second with 14 percent! And that is from a total of nearly 2000 people surveyed. Amazing!

  • Sunnyb 2 weeks ago

    Onazi, pls concentrate on your farming business 

  • Edoman 2 weeks ago

    Rohr will pay highly for choosing Onazi ahead of better player who would have given us a good memorable mundane in Russia this year. Onazi, please we don’t want to hear from you right now. You disappointed us with your inclusion in London.

    • James 2 weeks ago

      He will be sacked after losing the three matches because he look like nigeria coaches as well

    • who is this better player if I should ask please?

  • There is division already ooo is finished,so painful.

  • Mr vick 2 weeks ago

    Pls guys this is not time to start having qualms in our team because this will be detrimental to the progress of the team, an igbo proverb says ‘igwebuike’ meaning unity is strength

  • Onazi pls we dont want to hear from you in that camp becos u are the worst player in the team. Mr Rohr pls try and command influence in ur players. Stop laughing and joking with them. We want you to try and bring the best out frm them. We really miz Late Keshi. He was a no nonsense coach.

    • fortesam 2 weeks ago

      @Elico, yes o we really miss Keshi and we are grateful for his contribution to the development of Nigeria football. However, he took Chigozie Agbim, Uche Nwofor, Michael Uchebo, Michael Babatunde, Ejike Uzoenyi, Azubuike Egwekwe and Gabriel Reuben to the world cup. Players such as Brown Ideye,Joel Obi…. were dropped from the squad. Enough said.

  • People talking abt Lokosa bn in d world cup team just tells u of people who either lacks knowledge of football or may hv bn bribed to do it.World cup is for established players. Brazillian Ronaldo was already a phenomenon in 1990 in Brazil n wasnt even in d national team. He was in d 1994 but sat on d bench all through. Sane of germany not in d world cup team. Maybe Lokosa n all them Nwakalis are better than d above mentioned players. Lokosa not trying to ignore his talent scored good number of his goals from penalties. Let him prove himself first wt CHAN n Caf Clubs competition like Emmanuel Amunike did all over Africa, then it will be mad to ignore him. Senior national team should never be a place to develope players but a place for d best experienced n established players, using it as an instument to promote n sell d nigeria brand of football. Again we must understand that senior world cup is every 4 yrs, so fit older players will hv better experience to handle it. Go n check history of past winners. Majority of their players were of such. Reason nigeria wt keshi, yekini, uches, Rufai,oliha,eguavoen etc did so well on 1994.

  • Djeniko 2 weeks ago

    There is no fire without first smoking. If there is no hint of disrespectful attitude toward Mikel Obi from Onazi, this rumors will not leak out. What is onazi’s problems. Is it ambition? Is it pride and puffiness? Or greed? Is it age? Sometimes wealth can get into someone’s head. Mikel Obi is wealthy but of Onazi I do not know. So Onazi should fall in line and behave like a vice captain. Talk only when the captain is absent.

  • ONAZI, HAS DONE WELL FOR US IN THE PAST, HE MAY JUST BE THE STRENGHT OF THE TEAM IN THE WORLD CUP

  • he has explained himself pls you people should stop criticizing onazi.
    Is mikel too a saint ?

  • Amaechi Ajah 2 weeks ago

    What ar we even sayin guyz, ds is what we get when a coach do nt define d relationship b/w coach and player. if Rohr is fully in cntrol of ds boyz who is onazi. Onazi didnt even merit bin VICE CAPTAIN. D second most highest cap palyer in our team is Ahmed Musa followed by Echiejile b4 Onazi. Onazi benefited bcos of our so acclaimed Guardiola of Africa (Sunday Oliseh) and probably d drop of form of Musa. When musa wz strip off d captain band even demoted as vice did he complain. Onazi shud jst kp quiet and pt watsoeva difrences or pride he is having and cncentrate on his form cos d truth is bitter, Onazi has lost form, since he went to d turkish league he lost d touch and he even seem over weight. Couple d onazi of Afcon victory of 2013 and now u wil kw wat am talkin abt. For me Mr. Rohr shud stamp his supremacy as d coach of d team and select his eleven based on current form in camp, cos based on his last 3games it shows sntin is actually wrng wt his 23 man squad.

  • Give a dog a bad name and hang him. Is it me or did all d so called SE fans yapping under this story really read d story I read b4 yapping. CSN Just confirmed to us that there’s no beef between onazi and mikel, and ppl are still telling onazi to shut up. Somebody just sat down in his bedroom and after smoking what he smoked, decided to cash in on d highness and manufactured a story about onazi fighting with his captain, knowing that most nigerians already dislike d poor fellow. And typical gullible nigerians swallowed it hook, line and sinker. I am not an onazi fan but d guy was asked a question and he replied instead of blanking his interviewer, he did no wrong. And u guys insulting him I hope it makes u feel better, onazi is already part of our world cup bound team, so get urselves together and get behind ur team. Up 9ja, up supereagles

    • ogostine 2 weeks ago

      Thank you my brother. The man has clarified that there’s nothing wrong between him and Mikel. They even grew up together in Jos, where Mikel must have been far senior to Onazi (Mikel played U-17 in 2003, while Onazi did in 2009). This is why Onazi says that he has always LOOKED UP TO Mikel. I see this as a “manufactured” problem by a mischievous reporter.

  • Segun Adeoti 2 weeks ago

    Stop accusing Onazi because no show game against England.ww should support them and pray the last time I checked in 1994 super eagles loss all friendly match before the world cup and the ended up being on of the best team in that year

    • Nicolsen 2 weeks ago

      But in 1994 every player dt lost all friendlies put in their best and had alot to offer d team.
      Sentiments apart. Onazi has nothing to offer anymore apart frm causing trouble to remain relevant.

      • Agada 2 weeks ago

        Was it Onazi that made us loose against Czech? You can choose to believe what you like. The guy has said there is rift between him and Mikel. Because he had a few bad games doesn’t make him overall a bad player. He has been very dedicated player.

  • steven okocha 2 weeks ago

    nigeria would have done better than they did in U.S.A 94,but animousity,rancour and hatred was brooding in their hearts.yekini celebrated his goal alone,it is very funny if u go back and watched how they snubbed him after he scored our first world cup goal.now it is mikel and onazi.what do they argue about

  • segun 2 weeks ago

    our best coach is siasia its just that most of us hate the truth, the truth is always bitter.

    • Hanif 2 weeks ago

      I swear it always painful wen i tink abt sia 1 he cud bcom d best coach in africa if we lev out sentiment nd support but dey always find somtin to say abt him,,,  even dis worldcup squad is full of players he discovered … 

      I support my team wit any coach but siasia remain d best coach fitted for our super eagles ,,, check d scores

  • Sunnyb 2 weeks ago

    Steven Okocha. U right it was that stupid Amokachi and uncut Amunike plotted against Yekini. Rest is history 

  • Nicolsen 2 weeks ago

    @onazi the team would do well at d wc if u volounter and park ur things and leave camp. There is nothing special abt u and ur career and sentiments apart. U have nothing to offer to d SE.
    Best u support d team frm ur couch at home.

  • Nicolsen 2 weeks ago

    Onszi is mimus one. He is not intelligent wt d ball. He is not fast.. he cant tackle.
    Onazi cant complete one accurate pass to his own player.
    Onazi lacks leadership qualities.
    Onazi is overwieght for a footballer.
    Onazi has no busibess in that team abd mr rohr would loose his job wen nigeria fails at d world cup for his useless excuses, no pattern of play and for not carrying d best d country has to over.

    • Haymaker 2 weeks ago

      Gbam! You’ve said it all. Rohr’s curious loyalty to some underperforming players would lead to his disgrace. The likes of Onazi, Shehu and Idowu have no business in the squad, talk more of the starting line up.

  • Jensen Josh 2 weeks ago

    fight with him if its necessary our team needs to improve
    else u guys will crash out…
    Remember guru maraji said you guys can’t succeed under a foreign coach