Former Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi alleged on Sunday, he was asked to pay a bribe to function to the 2014 World Cup, before eventually moving to the selection.
Obasi, 33, who has been a free agent since leaving Swedish outfit AIK in January, made his last appearance Super Eagles in 2011 and had club spells in Germany with Hoffenheim and Schalke.
“I was supposed to be at the World Cup in 2014, I was playing with Schalke in the Champions League. Everything was fine. At the end of the season, I was given an invitation to the preparations for the World Cup friendlies in South Africa, “Obasi said on social media.
“So, two days before the list came out, I was asked topay some money if I wanted to be in the team “, said Obasi.
Obasi, who won unmédaille of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver played at the 2010 World Cup, said abandoning the Bundesliga failed after missing the tournament four years later.
“I felt like I paid my dues to the country, if you’re a new player, I can get that, but for me it was a little staff and very heartbreaking because I ‘m injured – I had to move from Hoffenheim in England “, he said
[123. ] “And it takes dedication, it takes a lot of money and it takes a lot of investment in myself and my body. I went through the surgery and did everything I could. “
However, oneof Nigeria’s assistant coaches at the World Cup there are six, Valere Houdonou maintained Obasi was not good enough to make the final team to compete the likes of Peter Odemwingie and Ahmed Musa.
“The question is, who would it be replaced among the strikers then?” Houdonou said.
“He was invited as all other potential players who could make the World Cup while the coaching staff wanted to take the best in Brazil then.
“He failed to make the list because he could not Displace someone in the team”, he added.
Daniel Amokachi, who was also assistant coach at the World Cup in Brazil, took exception to allegations of Obasi especially after Workoutviacoach Stephen Keshi chief died in 2016, insisting that players are also guilty.
“The issue of passive bribery or take the collection in our football is not a one-way thing. The agents of players will come and meet a coach to offer money for their players to take”, said the former Everton striker, who introduced the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
“There is something in both directions. Sometimes players are those who even go to the coach to say “my agent said he will pay for me to be part of the team,” he said.