- Chinedu Obasi says he was deservedly included in the Nigerian team to AFCON 2010
- Michael Eneramo was dropped at the last minute for the former Hoffenheim star
- Eneramo who played for Esperance of Tunisia at that time, charged that Obasi did not merit his inclusion in that team
Ex-Super Eagles forward Chinedu Obasi has slammed his former team-mate in the national team Michael Eneramo for saying he did not deserve be part of the Nigerian squad to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Eneramo, who played for Esperance of Tunisia at that time was dropped for Obasi at the last minute, following the then Hoffeinheim striker’s impressive performance during a friendly game at the team’s camp in South Africa ahead of the competition.
He was a member of the Super Eagles squad from 2008 to 2010 and took part in the qualifiers for the World Cup and African Cup of Nations, but wasn’t selected for both tournaments.
He alleged that his spot was controversially handed to Obasi and said that the player didn't merit his inclusion, a claim Obasi has now replied.
“Saying I don’t deserve whatever could be a little bit disrespectful in a way, but he is entitled to his opinion and I have to respect that,” Obasi told Legit.ng during a live Instagram chat.
“Eneramo is a player that I respect, although I don’t really know him personally. I don’t have any problem with him. It has nothing to do with me.”
Obasi further disclosed that although he was initially not part of the Amodu Shaibu team, his performance during a friendly game before the start of the Nations Cup earned him a spot in the final squad.
“I wasn’t part of the team because the list had already been sent. So, someone got injured – I was sitting in the crowd and in the second half, they asked me to put on my shoes and then I went on the pitch, performed on the pitch, scored the winning goal for Nigeria.
“So they had to make an excuse – they had to find a way to include me because the crowd came into the pitch; you know how Nigerian fans are – they came into the pitch and complained why my name was not initially included.
“People started talking and that was how his name was taken out. It has nothing to do with me; it has to do with performance.
“I understand the pain or anger in a way because it is a very difficult thing to be taken out in the last minute,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Victor Osimhen will not join Serie A giants Napoli in the summer due to high racial discrimination in Italy, reports claim.
According to reports, the Super Eagles striker was racially abused in during his spell with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
Omasports claim the 21-year-old is bothered about the hostile nature he would face if he joins the top Italian club, despite their keen interest.
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