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NFF Deny Mikel, Onazi Rift

NFF Deny Mikel, Onazi Rift

By Adeboye Amosu:

The Nigeria Football Federation have moved to deny reports of a rift between Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ogenyi Onazi, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.


There were reports that the pair (Onazi and Mikel) are at loggerheads over the leadership of the team and the alleged tussle is allegedly affecting the chemistry of the players in camp.

Onazi debunked the insinuation in a chat with CSN on Thursday and labelled it as falsehood.

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The NFF moved a step further to counter the claim by posting a short video on their official Twitter handle on Friday with the two players chatting and trading banters at their training base in Austria.

Mikel and Onazi who sat together, also spoke about the team’s ambition of winning the World Cup title in Russia with a short message above the video.

“Avoid fake news. Earlier in training, Captain Mikel and Vice Captain Onazi #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong,” reads the tweet on the NFF handle.

The Super Eagles who lost 1-0 to Czech Republic in their last friendly game before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will face Croatia in their opening game at the competition on June 18 in Kaliningrad.

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  • Another excuse not to qualify for second round!!…we told Rohr to drop Onazi and Joel Obi ,he was there playing royalty game!!..let hope this is not true !!

    • Fortesam 3 years ago

      You were one of those that clamored for the invitation of Joel Obi.

    • You can beileve what ever you like, at end of the day Super Eagle is soaring high & shall conquer their opponents & shame the detractors who trade in fake news.Onazi is the pillar of Super Eagle on and off the pitch. Go Super Eagle.

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    Onazi is the pillar alright, he play ball with his eyes close. Onazi loves giving his ball to opponent 95% of the time. If Rohr wants to loose quick in Russia, let him in.

    Look folks, Onazi must be playing his last game/games for Nigeria. The next Couch after Russia would never want to see him or his shadow. Believe me.

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    NFF sef. Someone said it that there is no fire without first smoking. Whatever that means. Lol. There must be something in the camp that made that rumors(?) to go public. NFF is only showing that video as ‘damage control’ measure. It is good. It means the NFF is concerned. Concern about the going ons in camp. Concerned about the effect this kind of rumors will have on Nigerians. I like this NFF. Whether the video is stage managed or not, this NFF is doing everything as we expected.

    • Donbenie 3 years ago

      The only fire that stoked the fire was Onazi claiming some players stands while others do the running after the game against England,that was all it took for some never do well to start claiming the two are not in the best of terms..

  • imasuen 3 years ago

    abeg I onazi if you can’t play ball pls don’t disrupt others