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Obaobona slams Wenger

•Over invitation for trial

By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja

Super Eagles inform defender, Godfrey Obabona has expressed anger against the management and technical staff of Premiership entertaining team, Arsenal for inviting him for trial before offering him a deal, frowning that such decision more of less discredits him and the country at large.

Speaking to Daily Sunsports at the Super Eagles camp in Abuja, the Sunshine Stars FC of Akure defender argued that he could not see the rationale, why Barcelona should sign midfield attacking sensation, Nermay da Silva Santos, who was playing in the Brazilian league without trial and Arsenal could not do the same to him, describing his invitation for trial as an embarrassment.

Asked what happened to his Arsenal deal, the Super Eagles defender angrily thundered: “I don’t think anything happened because it is high time some of these clubs started respecting this country. Nigeria is a very big football playing country. “I continue to wonder why Barcelona should sign Nermay for £50 million from a Brazilian club even before Brazil won the Confederations Cup, only for Arsenal management to tell me, who participated in the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations to come for trial.

I think I should be above such request,” he quipped angrily. Speaking on his plans to take his career outside the shore of Nigeria, the Sunshine Stars FC skipper said: “I have no doubt that I will get a good deal in Europe very soon.

But I’m not going to be in a haste to accept any deal because I want to leave the country. “When we finished AFCON, there was no transfer window then and it would be wrong to think that since I did well in South Africa, I should desperately accept any offer from obscure countries like Iran or Iraq, Tahiti or Cote d’Ivoire in the name of playing professional football. I believe our league here is better than the ones in those countries,” he said.

On how urgent the deal would materialise and whether he would still be part of the CHAN tournament early next year, Obabona philosophically responded: “I hope you are not suggesting that I should reject good offers because I want to participate in CHAN.” If I leave we have players to step into my shoes but if I did not, I will be part of the tournament.”

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9 Comments

  1. Godwin July 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Good talk my brother. Don’t say because you want to eat beef and start to be calling cow ‘my brother’.

  2. fortunatus July 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    God bless u my brother, don’t mind those idoits that think Nigeria is a dumping place. They will never believe in us, I don’t blame them I blame our leaders that made it that way. If they want you they will surely come for u. I like the courage

  3. Opeyemi Olanipekun July 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Good decision but has some iota of pride in it

  4. Umeokana uchenna July 27, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Continue to work hard believing that one day things will change my broda

  5. Dennis July 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Just be humble and continue to work hard . The rest will be history worth telling.

  6. emillet July 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Good one my brother, i love every word in that ur statement.
    I wish our leaders will read this to know how big our players value dis country.
    Last time, mikel says that he feel at home when ever he plays for his country. What an offer.
    Thanks and i pray that God will lift you high very soon.

  7. J.J July 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    If we do not know how to dignify ourselves and nation before the whites, they wont show us a dime of respect.

  8. Okafor stephen ibe July 28, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Hmmm, arsen wenger will always like pee nuts for a big player like ogbonbona and sell him off for a volt fee. Please kolo toure was brough into arsenal wit a sign on fee of 800 thousand pounds and sold him much more after 6yrs. Bros if its a worth deal go for it atlest u go show case urslf dea for other clubs too

  9. Boney London July 30, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Never liked Arsenal because it is a training ground.

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