Former Nigeria Super Eagles striker Michael Eneramo has revealed that he was dropped for Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke in the AFCON final list by the late coach Shuaibu Amodu in 2010.
Obasi busy pen down his worried he had for not included in the Super Eagles squad for World Cup 2014.
“I was playing for Schalke, I was playing in the Champions League and I was doing well. Two days before the list came out, I was asked to pay some money if I want to be in the team,” Obasi said.
“I felt like I’ve paid my dues for the country, I shouldn’t do this. If I was a young player, maybe I would have done that, but it was a bit personal for me and I felt very heartbroken.
“Now a competition is coming up, you’re inviting me to the national team. I’ve exhausted my own money and you want me to pay, which is a slap in the face for me.
“I said I’m not comfortable doing that. They said I should know the system, and I should act like I’m a Nigerian. I said it’s not about being a Nigerian but doing the right thing.
“I’ve kept it close to my chest since 2014 because you’d have unnecessary enemies when you talk. People who played in lower leagues went to that World Cup. I’m not taking a jab at anyone.
“If you’re good for the World Cup, then you should go, but I feel like if you have to take the best and at the time, I was playing for a top team, Schalke 04 which was among the top team in Europe at the time.
“Funny enough, after the conversation, it got a bit more personal. They told me that even if I end up going as part of the team, their own agent will negotiate that deal. I said it doesn’t sound good to me.”
Michael Eneramo revealed his shocking moment in his life says, ‘I’m not happy that after playing for Nigeria that I’m getting no chance at all again because I had the chance to play for Tunisia’.
Eneramo it caught him unaware that he had been dropped, he was still feeling among as nobody had the balls to tell him. Unfortunately, he got to know of his omission when a sports journalists approached him for an interview which he obliged.
The first question was, “How did you take the news of your omission from the AFCON list? He said what? He jumped up, he punched the air, he started sweating and he raced up the stairs to confront one of the Super Eagles coaches, only to realize that he was dropped for Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke after a power tussle between the NFF and late Shuaibu Amodu over the final list.
The 34-year-old former Nigeria striker once said that he regretted playing for Nigeria as an invitation was opened for him in the Tunisia team then, now he had no chance for so ever to play.