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Onazi: I’m Committed To Playing For Super Eagles

Onazi: I’m Committed To Playing For Super Eagles

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has reiterated his desire to return to the team, insisting he is always happy to play for his country.

Onazi, 25, missed the Super Eagles’ last three matches through injury as Nigeria qualified to feature in their first Africa Cup of Nations since winning the tournament in 2013.


His performance in his last appearance away to Seychelles after the World Cup raised question marks over his form and fitness, but the midfielder insists he is back to his best form at Trabzonspor.

“It was a tough time I must admit, but despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country,” Onazi told BBC Sport.

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“Whenever I go out there to play, I give 120%, but unfortunately my achilles tendon problems slowed me down.

“Now things are looking up again for me at club level, I hope to keep giving my best to my country as well.”

The Super Eagles midfielder has been a key part of Trabzonspor’s run of good form since September. They sit 7th in the Turkish Super Lig table and he wants to replicate that form with Nigeria.

“After what happened in Russia, it was important for all the players to ensure a return to the African Cup of Nations,” Onazi continued.

“It’s an exciting feeling to achieve that and we can only hope that collectively we can all bring our good club form to the national team.

“The last time I played in the tournament we won it and we as players have to go back again with the mentality to win it, and if we can’t we shouldn’t be there.”

Onazi started his professional career in Italy with Lazio, winning the 2013 Italian Cup, before switching to Turkish side Trabzonspor in August 2016.

He played for Nigeria at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup on home soil and has scored once since making his senior debut against Liberia in October 2012.

Onazi, who has 51 international caps, helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and played in all four of his country’s games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    “The last time I played in the tournament we won it and we as players have to go back again with the mentality to win it, and if we can’t we shouldn’t be there.”
    Just look at how far back we last “Qualified” for AFCON. A whole Super Eagles of Nigeria.
    Now a coach qualifies us with a game to spare , with us needing just one point from our 2nd to the last game…..and some people here come out to insult him and even call for his sack.
    Holy Ghost………Fayaaaaaa……!!!

    • Bro don’t mind those E-rats they know nothing about football.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    2018 recap

    First of all, I give glory to almighty God. Thanks for being there for me, my family and friends including my colleagues on CSN.

    Secondly, I would like to say a big thanks to CSN for giving us an opportunity to expressing our thoughts. God bless you and crown your efforts.

    Thirdly, a big thanks to my colleagues on CSN. From January to December is not an easy fit to achieve to be current here but thank God we made. However, I’m expecting 2019 to be different from some of colleagues.

    Some abusive words and swearing should not follow them entering 2019. All the Epe kanka, epe kabiti they are using on this platform is not good because outsiders are watching the scenes.

    Nigeria vs South Africa match, NFF did nothing about the referee. If to say that was the only hope we had to qualified to the Afcon, so nothing would be done against the referee?

    Lastly, kudos to our female’s team the Super Falcons of Nigeria. They did well and they made us proud.

    Happy holidays and a new year in advance my people. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Correct guy compliments of the season to you! Let strife and hatred never engulf the blessings ahead of us. Ijn amen

      • Omo9ja 3 years ago

        Thank you so much my man. 2019 is our year of multiple blessings by God’s grace. Amen. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Omo9ja 3 years ago

      Also, kudos to our Super Eagles. They did a great job this year 2018. Thank you Mr. Rohr and the coaching crew.

      We all taking different directions to achieve the same goal. Let’s put our hearts together to make 2019 a greater year. It is achievable in sha Allah. Remain blessed my people. God bless Nigeria!!

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Some of my colleagues I meant to say.
    I wish you the best Onazi. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Yes Chima, I join you and Omo9ja in wishing all Contributors on this forum a merry Xmas and a happy new year.

    This indeed is the spirit of goodwill when differences, though they exist, should be referenced resposibly in an adult manner.

    It is with the wisdom of the child and the adult that the foundation of Ile Ife was built. We should all respect each others point of view and when we disagree, we do so devoid of some of the poisonous language that came to characterise exchanges on this forum on occasions this year.

    • Omo9ja 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot my man. 2019 is our year of progress by God’s grace. Amen. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Paschal 3 years ago

    I pray we shall win the AFCON next year Insha Allah.