Former Nigeria youth international Emma Sarki says he has no regret dumping the Nigeria senior national team for Haiti, despite the gulf in class between the two nations.
Sarki told Owngoalnigeria.com in a chat that, he feels more at home in Haiti than with Nigeria, where the politics of team selection can lead to coaches asking players to pay money for spot in the team.
The former Chelsea teen prospect who represented Nigeria at U-17, 20 and 23 level said, while playing in Israel he was told to pay money for him to be invited to the Nigeria national team.
” I am comfortable with playing for Haiti. You get picked on your form not on what you have to offer the coaches. I was once told to pay before am called up, but that was when I was playing in Israel”, the AEL LImassol forward told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” I won’t mention the name of the coach but back then Efe Ambrose gave me the contact of the coach after telling him of my form, I put a call across to him but he told me to speak with his assistant, who openly asked me for tips.
” A lot of friends asked me to pay the money but the sum they were quoting was way more than what I can afford. I couldn’t and despite my fine form, I wasn’t contacted again. No regret though am cool with Haiti, the land of my grand father”.