Ghanaian post puts question marks over Onazi’s recall to Super Eagles
Facts are beginning to emerge on how some players entered the Super Eagles roster through the ‘back door’ ahead of the crucial Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana. The provisional squad released by technical adviser Augustine Eguavoen last week was met with mixed reactions, with some football analysts accusing Eguavoen of doing “undue” favor to some of the guests. However, what appears to be a clearer picture may have emerged yesterday through a Ghanaian publication, Ghanasoccernet. According to Ghanasoccernet, Augustine Eguavoen, has revealed that he has not made the decision to recall Onazi to the squad that will play against Ghana’s Black Stars in the final 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar . The publication alleges that Eguavoen remarked that Onazi’s invitation for the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana was to “pacify everyone”. Eguavoen surprisingly revealed that the technical team were not even aware of the form of the Saudi-based player (Onazi) even though he is part of the 32-man squad he has named for the matches at of them. His claims, Ghanasoccernet reports, suggest that Onazi was forced on him by people he did not name, even though the technical team were unwilling to call the Al-Adalah FC midfielder. Onazi is one of seven players on the Super Eagles’ 32-man playoff squad reserve roster. However, his recall caused huge controversy in Nigeria leaving many Super Eagles fans stunned. Eguavoen added fuel to the fire by revealing that it was not he who made the decision to invite the player. “Onazi, good player. If he’s still good and can play at this level, we don’t know,” coach Eguavoen reportedly said, indicating that he didn’t even watch the player for the call-up. “But that’s why I said calm everyone down, make sure there’s harmony here, put him on hold. While he’s on hold, I have the last word,” said Eguavoen. The Super Eagles coach’s revelation shows that people within the federation interfered with his call-up to the national team. The Super Eagles will travel to Cape Coast, Ghana to face the Black Stars on March 25, with the return leg scheduled for March 29 at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.