Midfield battler, Ogenyi Onazi has urged the warring factions of the Nigeria Football Federation to close ranks and salvage the nation’s football image that has been battered following the long standing fight for control.
World soccer governing body, FIFA has given the Chris Giwa faction till Monday to make way for the Aminu Maigari board which it recognises, otherwise Nigeria will be ban from international football.
Onazi was speaking in Calabar before the Eagles clashed with their Congolese counterparts in the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers. He said that it was important football stakeholders put aside their differences for the overall interest of Nigeria football development.
“We really want everything to be settled, so that we should move ahead. We wouldn’t want any [ban], I just want to urge people in charge of football to settle things amicably,” he said.
“It’s the whole country we are talking about and not an individual that is involved in things like this. If Fifa should ban Nigeria, it will be a national disgrace. We’re just urging them to put their heads together to ensure the right people are there [NFF],” he noted.
On his quick recovery and return to national team, the Lazio midfielder said he is delighted with his Super Eagles’ return and admitted he was prone to having his injuries heal fast.
“I thank God for making me to recover as fast as possible. I’m really happy to be back to represent my country. It’s just simply the grace of God and I’m a player that doesn’t stay in injury. If they say six months, I could be back in two months – it’s just the grace of God in my life.”