“Recent antics” have been blamed for the Super Eagles overlooking Ogenyi Onazi for next month’s AFCON qualifier in South Africa, top officials have revealed.
The Turkey-based midfielder missed the AFCON double header against Libya this month after he suffered a muscle injury in Eagles training.
An official told footballlive “The team handlers are not impressed with Onazi’s attitude of late and that was why he was dropped for the games against South Africa and Uganda.
“He has always been known as a very committed player, but some of the coaches took exception to the fact that he could not play for the team against Libya but by the next opportunity he was back playing for his club.”
Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu are now ahead of the former Lazio star in the pecking order of those to play alongside Wilfred Ndidi in defensive midfield for the Eagles.
Another official also raised a poser over the captaincy for the Eagles.
At a time, Onazi stood in for the absent Mikel Obi.
But for AFCON qualifiers against both Seychelles and Libya, Ahmed Musa wore the captain’s armband with coach Gernot Rohr praising his leadership.