Ogenyi Onazi has claimed he wasn’t caught unawares with his Super Eagles call-up. The Al-Adalah midfielder said the invitation was premised on the necessity of the game.
In an interview with Omasports, Onazi said his invitation was because of the importance of his experience and the crucial nature of the fixture against Ghana.
“It’s not a surprise for me because I’m still playing and I’m ready to play anytime and when it comes to the national team, I’m always at the service of the nation – to always give my best for the country.
“Yes it’s been a while I was in the national team, but when we talk about this every game – home and away that will take us to the World Cup (it is very important).
“When I got a call from the coach, he told me how important it is – and I also know how important it is. We need the experience to be able to tackle this game.
“It’s not a game of saying where do you play or where do you come from or whatever you’re doing.
“This is a national issue, not an individual issue. We are not playing a singles sport, we need to bring heads together to make the right things at the right time,” he said.
Onazi, 29, added that he hasn’t taken a note of what is being said about him online.
“Personally, I don’t listen to what they write online. I’m still on the reserve list, not yet on the main list so we can’t tell what’s going to happen. Let’s keep it that way and then we’ll see what’s going to happen.” he added.