Former Super Eagles player, Chinedu Obasi has been asked to provide the evidence that he was asked by the late Stephen Keshi led technical crew to bribe his way to be included in Brazil 2014 World Cup squad.
A seasoned broadcaster with Love FM 104.5 station based in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Udeme George said Obasi should be man enough to mention the names of the members of 2014 World Cup crew led by Late Stephen Keshi who asked him for money before he can play for his fatherland or better shut-up.
To this end, Mr Udeme George has given Obasi 24-hours to show evidence or name the culprits saying, players should stop rubbing the name of our coaches in a mud.
According to him, I think we need to address this issue now, because media has been awash with different allegations leveled against backroom staff of 2014 world cup in Brazil that was led by the late Stephen Keshi.
“A couple of days back we saw video trending with Obasi coming out to say he was asked to pay money to make the Super Eagles team that went to the FIFA World Cup in brazil.
“Now we have many of this stories, you hear a player telling you, that they have been asked to pay certain amount of money if they are to make the list, but they don’t say it immediately they don’t have evidences, they are coming out after years.
“How can you wait since 2014 to speak up in 2020? The concern now is, Obasi should be man enough to come out and tell the whole world who ask him for money in 2014?
“we don’t want to make do with cock and bull stories flying around, no, we must fish out the culprits, we must know that these guy are the reason why our football is not moving forward, because they put money ahead of talent, if you don’t have money, they push you out even with your talent, they bring in players who have money and got no talent and we go to the world stage and get embarrassed by superior teams with talent.
“So, Obasi please I am asking you in 24 hours, give us names of those who were involved in this scandal, we don’t just want to make do with allegations, its stories, anybody can come out and tell stories but until you give us names then we will start taking you serious.
“And if you cannot be man enough to mention the names of those who were involved in this scandal, shut-up, because you can’t keep rubbing the names of our coaches in the mud, come out and give us names,” Udeme-Geoge asked
“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 in an Instagram Live.
“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. I was supposed to move from Hoffeinheim to England and I got injured playing for Nigeria at the World Cup [in South Africa].
Nigeria advanced from the group stage of the quadrennial football showpiece in 2014 after securing a draw against Iran and win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, but they were knocked out by France after a 2-0 defeat in the Round of 16.
Obasi, scorer of four goals in 26 outings for the Super Eagles, has not played for the national team since 2011 after a friendly game against Argentina in Bangladesh, where he scored a goal in their 3-1 loss.