- Super Eagles of Nigeria have won the African Cup of Nations 3 times before
- Nigerian star Chigozie Udoji explained that he was not invited because he refused to pay
- Nigeria are currently preparing for the coming 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers
Nigerian striker Chigozie Udoji who is currently playing for Enosis Neon Paralimni has slammed some unnamed coaches at the Super Eagles for him not to be playing for the national team.
Before moving out of Nigeria, Udoji started his football career at Julius Berger where he was from the year 2003-2004 and never won any title.
According to the report on Complete Sports citing Brila, Udoji explained that his refusal to sign a contract with some coaching members of the Super Eagles made them to ignore him.
“If I had given what was asked perhaps I would be elsewhere today. They wanted me to sign a contract.
“Maybe I made mistakes or not but I feel it’s all God’s plan. Maybe it’s because I didn’t give the things I was asked.
“Nigeria is a country of give and take, that’s the culture. If I had given what was asked perhaps I would be elsewhere today.
“They wanted me to sign a contract. I was asked to sign a Contract where they’ll (the National team Coaches) be entitled to 20% of my earning for the rest of my career.
“But as a kid from Ajegunle I just wanted to play football and had my ambitions, so I refused and I was snubbed.''
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles of Nigeria who are three-time African champions have dropped one spot in the latest global FIFA rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday, February 18.
Gernot Rohr and his men who failed to record a single win last year are now rated as the 36th best footballing nation in the world and are also fifth in Africa.
Despite finishing second in the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Senegal are rated as the best footballing nation in Africa and they are being followed by Tunisia.
Reigning African champions Algeria are occupying third position on the FIFA ranking and 31st in the world, while are 33rd in the world and fourth in Africa.
Nigeria’s last international fixture was their double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November 2020 which ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively.
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