Godfrey Oboabona: We were never asked to pay before 2014 World Cup

Godfrey Oboabona: We were never asked to pay before 2014 World Cup

- Godfrey Oboabona has shut down claims they were asked to pay before being selected for 2014 FIFA World Cup

- The defender as at then was one of the few local league players shortlisted for the global football showpiece

- Contrary to Chinedu Obasi's claims, Obaobona said playing in the NPFL would not have allowed him to raise such money if indeed they asked

Super Eagles defender Godfrey Oboabona has discredited Chinedu Obasi's claims that they were asked to pay a certain amount of money before making the team to Brazil in 2014 World Cup.

The former Sunshine Stars of Akure centre back was among the players who made late Stephen Keshi's list to the FIFA World Cup back then.

And he claims playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League would not have afforded him the chance to pay such amount if they were truly asked for money by the coach.

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It would be recalled that the former Schalke 04 attacker granted an interview saying he was dropped from the squad for the championship because he refused to pay his way through.

Obaobona, who was among the five NPFL stars who went participated in the tournament insists that his selection was based on merit as reported by AOIFootball.com.

I don’t know why such accusations are coming out. I was a Sunshine Stars player then and wouldn’t have had that kind of money to pay, so how will he say we paid money to be a part of the World Cup.

I, Azubuike Egwueke, Ejike Uzoenyi, Kunle Odunlami, and Chigozie Agbim were all playing in the NPFL and the coach told us that we merited the team because we worked hard and deserved to play at the World Cup,” Oboabona said further.

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The current Dinamo Batumi defender featured in all four matches at the global football showpiece before their exit in the round of 16.

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Meanwhile, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil remains one of the three times Nigeria reached the round of 16 - equalling the record set in 1994 and 1998.

Obaobana featured for the national team 39 times and scored one goal during his four-year reign, though, he is yet to announce his retirement from the Super Eagles.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Super Eagles forward Chinedu Obasi claims that his refusal to pay bribe was responsible for his omission to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

In an Instagram chat with Kelechi Benard, the 33-year-old forward who played for Bundesliga giants Schalke as at that time lamented the ordeal, saying he was sad.

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Although he was not part of the team that played the World Cup qualifiers as at that time, Obasi stated that he was offered a chance to be part of the party to Brazil if he paid a bribe.

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