On Friday, Al-Adalah FC midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi was recalled to the Super Eagles, almost four years since his last callup, albeit on standby.
The decision of the coaching crew of the Super Eagles led by Austin Eguavoen has generated comments, most of which are in criticism of the decision.
Eguavoen in a chat with journalists explained the reason Onazi was invited on standby amongst many other issues.
He said the 2013 AFCON winner was invited to “pacify everybody”. Eguavoen in the chat also stated that he’s unsure if the midfielder could still play at the top level.
“Onazi, good player. Whether he’s still good and can play at that level, we don’t know. But that’s why I said to pacify everybody, to ensure there’s harmony here, put him on the standby. While he’s on the standby, I have the final say.”
Onazi was shockingly a part of seven players placed on standby by Eguavoen. The former Lazio and Trabzonspor midfielder was last invited to the Super Eagles in 2018.
He had since played in different countries including Finland since then where he last played before moving to the Saudi Pro League 2.