Former vice-captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Ogenyi Onazi has reacted harshly to the decision of coach Gernot Rohr to omit him from the list of players for the upcoming games against South Africa and Uganda.
The Trabzonspor midfielder was excluded from the list on the basis of not being fully fit for the games but the midfielder has hit back at the claims made by the coach alleging a gang up against him in the senior national team of Nigeria.
Onazi who was widely praised as the man of the match for his Turkish side last weekend in their 1-1 draw gainst Antalyaspor went as far as saying same gang up denied him the chance to play for Nigeria in the three group games they played at the World Cup in Russia.
Owngoalnigeria.com editorial team can however reveal with authority that Onazi problems with Rohr started when he lost his starting spot in the team prior to the World Cup and subsequently didn’t get to play in the tournament.
He didn’t take it lightly as he several voiced his frustrations to several of his teammates and unconfirmed reports has it that he mocked one of his teammate who was a regular at the World Cup.
After the World Cup, the Eagles played against Seychelles and he lasted the entire duration of the game with many applauding his hard work in the middle, but few days to their tie against Libya, Rohr told him he won’t be in the starting line up.
According to the coach he wants to play with pace against the Libyans expecting Onazi to understand that the interest of the team comes first but he didn’t take it that way and subsequently feign the injury which ruled him out of both games against Libya.
Upon his return to Turkey he played for Trabzonspor the next weekend, and that confirmed the suspicion by the coaches that he feigned injury because he was told he won’t start, hence the decision to leave him out of the squad for the upcoming games.