Ex-Chelsea Star Says He Dumped Nigeria After Being Told to Pay N2M to Play for Super Eagles

Ex-Chelsea Star Says He Dumped Nigeria After Being Told to Pay N2M to Play for Super Eagles

  • Emmanuel Sarki has explained that he was asked to pay money years back for him to play for Super Eagles
  • But the former Chelsea player did not reveal those who asked him to pay the sum of two million naira years back
  • The 33-year-old stated that it was because of the money they asked him to pay that forced him to choose Haiti

Former Nigerian youth international Emmanuel Sarki has explained that he failed to give some people the sum of two million naira which was the reason for him not to play for the Super Eagles.

Emmanuel Sarki started his football career at Grays Academy and the forward did not play for any Nigerian Professional League side before moving straight to Europe.

In 2003, Emmanuel Sarki was invited to the Nigerian Under 17 national team and even played for Nigeria at the World Cup same year and also African Youth Championship.

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Emmanuel Sarki
Emmanuel Sarki in action. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke
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Sarki also played for the Nigerian Under 20 and 23 teams before he was tipped to earn a call up to the Super Eagles.

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But surprisingly, Emmanuel Sarki decided to choose Haiti national team in 2014 and went on to play four games for them.

According to the report on Vanguard and Complete Sports, Emmanuel Sarki explained that he actually wanted to play for the Super Eagles, but he could not meet up with monetary demand.

Emmanuel Sarki's statement

“There were people demanding I pay £5,000 (N2m) just to make sure Nigeria called me up.
“What? I have to pay to play football for my country? No way, I’m not doing that. But my grandfather had come from Haiti to Nigeria as a missionary, I had his birth certificate, and there was another Haitian in the team at Wisla, who called the Haitian Football Federation president and told him all about me.''

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Villarreal Star Discloses Heartbreaking Reason That Made Him Snub Super Eagles for Holland

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Arnaut Danjuma explained reason behind his season to snub the Super Eagles of Nigeria claiming that playing for the Holland national team has been his dream since childhood.

The Nigerian Football Federation are said to have tried their best to convince Arnaut Danjuma to play for the Super Eagles, but Villarreal forward wan not convinced enough and then decided to follow his heart.

Danjuma was born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and Dutch father, and by virtue of that, he had the right to play for the Super Eagles and also Holland national team.

Louis Van Gaal who is the gaffer of Holland national team decided to hand Arnaut Danjuma a call up to his side and the forward grabbed the chance.

Source: Legit.ng

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