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Lawal’s Poor Attitude Led To His Omission From 2013 AFCON Squad -Shorunmu

Lawal’s Poor Attitude Led To His Omission From  2013 AFCON  Squad -Shorunmu

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu has rejected the claim by Super Eagles midfielder, Raheem Lawal that he played a key role in his omission from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Lawal on Monday via his official Instagram handle had allegedly accused Daniel Amokachi of dropping him from the squad due to the players he wanted to sell out during the competition, an allegation that Amokachi has denied.

However, Shorunmu in a chat with an online newspaper, stated that Lawal was basically omitted from the AFCON squad as a result of his attitude.

“I was not the Super Eagles coach at the time, I was just an assistant. Those who were not in the team then would not have known what happened there.

Read Also: Lawal Was Dropped From 2013 AFCON Squad Because He Was Not In Right Frame Of Mind -Amokachi

He said he’s Yoruba and I didn’t fight for him. I’d like to challenge him to tell the world what sort of advice I always offered him in camp. He’s no doubt a good player but what about his attitude?

“I used to warn him to be calm and not be aggressive when certain decisions didn’t go his way.

By Augustine Akhilomen

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  • GLORY 3 weeks ago

    Got poor attitude yeah but relative to what pls Mr Shorumu/ Amokachi? Good or bad attitude is a relative term, a function of the values of the other person. Just hoping getting angry at being asked to do ” THE NEEDFUL IN NIGERIAN TERMS” isn’t what that bad attitude is related to or maybe greeting good morning sir, just like the case with Akande n other foreign born U-17 players called up to the eaglets camp. God have Mercy on Nigeria.

  • Footballfanatic 3 weeks ago

    I used to respect Shorunmu as a Goalkreper for the national team but in a managerial position, that respect dwindled. May the big boss rest in piece but we all know that Juwon Oshinawa, Reuben Gabriel, Kunle odunlami, Michael babatunde, Michael Echebo, Egwueke, and Ejike Uzoenyi….had no business in that team and also the team that went to the world cup. I refuse to agree that these were the best we could find at that time.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 weeks ago

      @Footballfanatic leave Babatunde out of your list because he was very fantastic when on parade and even did very well at the world cup before injury took him out. Lets not forget too soon baba if anything I really miss Babatunde Michael who’s movement was so swift and less you forget his deadly left was a delight to watch whenever he moves with the ball or takes a shot.

      • Footballfanatic 3 weeks ago

        True you’re right bro….. He actually did well in the game against Argentina before he got injured. I just thought about it. Thanks for the correction.

    • TUNDE 3 weeks ago


    • pompei 3 weeks ago

      I thought Ejike Uzoenyi was decent. Though small in stature, he was skillful and could change a game in an instant.
      The player everybody loves to hate is Gabriel Reuben! I don’t know what Gabriel did to offend people. He seemed decent in the early days of Keshi’s tenure. I thought he did really well in the friendly against Egypt which ended 3-2 in their favour. Reuben’s performance against France in the 2014 world cup second round game is what most people remember. He came in to replace an injured Onazi, and things went south from there. France could not control the middle when Onazi was in there, but when he left, our midfield seemed to leave with him, and the French took over completely.
      Another player I thought was ok was Uchebo. His club highlights were so impressive. Unfortunately, he couldn’t replicate those performances in the SE jersey.

  • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

    I want to believe the guy Raheem saw clear case of favoritism and openly showed disdain… that’s why they dealt with him, Amokachie saying he was the “closest thing” to Okocha, and Shorunmu saying “no doubt he is a good player” shows the guy was unfairly sacrificed and dropped… nothing is as painful as getting axe prior to competition when you know you merited a place… this sort of scenario has always plagued African football, most especially Nigeria. There was a particularly Lanky guy before Kanu Nwankwo who had the deftness of Kanu and was more agile… “Jide Oguntuase” of Plateau United in the late 80s to early 90s… boy was a gazelle, and exquisitely skilled and elegant football player, played Junior Eagles same time as the likes of Tijani Babangida… he was a menace in the Plateau United of the days BCC Lions of Gboko and Iwanyanwu Nationale dominated the league… there was also a Kayode Keshinro, who was mate with Andrew Aikhomogbe and a certain Uwem Ekarika… boy, talents really fizzled away in Nigeria…

    • O'billy Pam-Pam 3 weeks ago

      You should have arrange them in proper other.Uwem Ekarika is the oldest,played for Leventis United and in his time Nigeria could roll out two to three strong National teams of the same strenght.Talking about lanky guys, we also had one Sani Adamu of the ’85 Eaglets Fame, he was so good then,played a team in Plateau too, I remember they once player with Rangers in Enugu and after the match fans went to him, one asked him why he’s yet to play for the Eagles, he replied with what is going on there it’s difficult for one to play for our Eagles. Moses Kpakpo was also a victim before his star shinned.