‘They don’t respect Africa’ – Midfielder says his club asked him to snub national team by faking injury

Some footballers have begun opening up on the disrespect shown towards the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)...

‘They don’t respect Africa’ – Midfielder says his club asked him to snub national team by faking injury

Nigeria midfielder John Ogu has revealed that his club once asked him to fake an injury in order to miss a game involving his country.

The 33-year-old said the incident happened while he was playing in Portugal and was invited to represent the Super Eagles.

In a series of tweets, Ogu explained that his club manager asked him to inform Nigeria’s coach that he wasn’t available for a friendly game due to an injury.

He noted that, when he ignored the manager’s advice, he was frozen out of the first team, causing the midfielder to be omitted from Nigeria’s squad for the World Cup.

“I’m not even surprised at the situation of them foreign managers or clubs not wanting their players to go represent their country in tournaments. One certain manager in Portugal asked I tell the coach of Eagles then that I was injured so as not to go for a friendly game,” Ogu tweeted.

“After I left, went back to the club, he stopped playing me . And this was prior to the World Cup coming that year. I made mentioned if it here and many out here said I was lying and so on. Una don see how them be now?

“I missed out at that World Cup list. The evil part of it was when the list came out and he found out I wasn’t invited , man walk up to me and asked I call the manager to list me and that if he wants,he can start me in the last game in the league . I was shocked how evil one can be.

“The disrespect to Africans and it football tournaments. They don’t rate any of them at all. We have seen so many tournaments FIFA n Uefa already introduced in World football but when it comes to Africa and Africans, it’s always a different case. It’s well,” he added.

Ogu played for Portuguese lower division side Atletico CP from 2010 to 2011 before joining Spanish side Almeria.

The midfielder returned to Portugal a year later, where he joined Leiria and later Academica.


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