“Onazi’s Birmingham Transfter Fiasco Lesson To Super Eagles Stars” – Shorunmu

Ogenyi Onazi of Nigeria during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso on the 10th February 2013 at National Stadium in Johannesburg ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Previous Super Eagles goalkeeper coach Ike Shorunmu has said Onazi Ogenyi’s current exchange mishap should fill in as a convenient cautioning for Super Eagles players.

Onazi was denied a work allow to play for English Championship side Birmingham City after the club concurred terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Shorunmu: Onazi’s Birmingham Transfter Fiasco Lesson To Super Eagles Stars

Despite appearing in over 80% of the national team games, Onazi failed to get a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.

“Onazi’s situation was a pathetic one and that should serve as warning to all our players to take national assignments seriously,” former Nigeria first choice goalkeeper Shorunmu told

“We cannot blame Onazi for what happened to him, but if Super Eagles had qualified for the last two Nations Cups, he (Onazi) would have sealed the Birmingham deal without much ado.

“It simply means that whatever happens to our national team will in the long run have both positive and negative impacts on you as a Nigerian player.

“I just want to appeal to our players to give their best and ensure Nigeria qualify for both AFCON and World Cups so that we don’t suffer similar fate.

“Onazi should put that behind him and move on.”

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