Onazi narrates how fight broke out in Eagles dressing room during 2013 AFCON

Onazi narrates how fight broke out in Eagles dressing room during 2013 AFCON

Ogenyi Onazi says he’s proud to be among the squad that won the 2013 African cup of Nations for Nigeria back in 2013.

The combative midfielder tagged the success as one of the most memorable moments and the high points of his successful football career.


An elated Onazi who is still relishing the moment told www.brila.net that winning the title didn’t come without a price as the fight broke out in the dressing following the failure of the team to win the opening two matches against Zambia and Burkina Faso.


Onazi stressed further that it took the intervention of the late Stephen Keshi before normalcy returned to the dressing room.


“After we drew the first two matches, Nigerians were calling us to draw soup, but after these two games, we were fighting in the dressing room and there was a lot of blame game and noise .” He said.


“Coach Stephen was just looking at us, then after the altercations, he addressed the team and told us we can’t afford to win the next game.


“He then charged us to take the fight to the pitch and luckily we won the next game and moved to the next round,” Onazi told www.brila.net.


The Super Eagles defeated the Eagles of Mali and favorites Elephants before Burkina Faso to lift their third continental crown, however, Onazi who now plays for the Turkish side Denizlispor said Nigerians didn’t give the team a chance against Didier Drogba led Ivorians.


“No one gave us a chance against Ivory Coast, because of how we struggled in the previous matches, but we won the game and then things became very open for the team.”  He said.


After winning the tournament, the Super Eagles also reached the round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where they lost to France.



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