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Obasi: I stand by my bribery claims

Former Super Eagles forward, Chinedu Obasi has revealed that he has proof to back up his claims that he was asked to pay bribe to be included in Nigeria’s squad to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the sportsbay.com reports.

It will be recalled that Obasi in a recent Instagram Live interview had stated that he didn’t make the squad because he refused to pay his way into the team.

“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.

“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], Obasi said then.

After the interview, Nigerians charged the former Schalke 04 forward to make public the names of the officials who requested bribe from him.

Reacting in an Instagram Live interview with Legit, Obasi, said, “If I share names, what is going to happen? The interesting thing is that the media or people come out and act like they don’t know that something like that exists. And some people attacked me personally, that how could I say that.

“I am telling you about what happened to me, you don’t have to doubt me. I don’t have anything to lose; I don’t expect anything from anybody.

“It’s just like all the rape cases trending in Nigeria, if someone says this thing happened to him or her, why would you try to challenge the person when you were not even there? But at the end of the day, it’s my word against others. I didn’t even intend for the whole situation to escalate to the level it is because I was just answering a question on a live chat and someone asked why I didn’t go to the 2014 World Cup.

“I heard one of the coaches saying I didn’t make the team. How could he say I didn’t make the list when I was not only in the team but I already had an invitation and the necessary documents to go to the World Cup already sent to me to get my visa.

“I respect everyone’s opinion, I never intended to disrespect any of our ex-players, I just said what happened to me and I am not going to call anybody’s name and that is my own personal decision but I have proofs to back it up,” Obasi said.

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