I refused to pay bribe to the NFF

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Chinedu Obasi has claimed his omission from the 23 man squad that made the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals was due to his refusal to pay a bribe.

Chinedu Obasi has bemourn his omission from the 23-man team that made the 2014 world cup. 


The infamous spell of the Nigerian Football team in 2014 Fifa world cup finals held in Brazil that saw Nigeria knocked out in the round of 16 by France.


A goal from Paul Pogba and an own goal from Joseph Yobo sees off Nigeria from the competition and sends the Les Blues into quarter finals. 


The 23-man squad picked by late coach Stephen Keshi included 6 forward:


Ahmed Musa, CSKA Moscow

Peter Odemwingie, Stoke City

Emmanuel Emenike, Fenerbahce

Uche Nwofor, Heerenveen

Michael Uchebo, Cercle Brugge

Shola Ameobi, Newcastle United


The above list shows the forward players selected and their respective clubs as at 2014.


Chinedu Obasi was playing in Top German-tier for Schalke04 and was playing in the champions league having a better spell than some of the strikers that made the team. However, he claimed he was considered for a spot in the team but was ask for pay a bribe. Obasi discloses, speaking with someone on Instagram chat. 


"I felt like I’ve paid my dues for the country, I shouldn’t do this. If I was a young player, maybe I would have done that, but it was a bit personal for me and I felt very heartbroken. I was supposed to move from Hoffeinheim to England and I got injured playing for Nigeria at the World Cup (2010 in South Africa).


After that competition, nobody called me to know how I am doing. I spent a lot of money to get fit. All people talked about was the injury. They don’t care to know what I went through on a daily basis making sure I get my body in shape.


It took a lot of dedication, money, investing in myself and my body. I went through surgery, did everything I can. Now a competition is coming up, you’re inviting me to the national team. I’ve exhausted my own money and you want me to pay, which is a slap in the face for me,"


“I said I’m not comfortable doing that. They said I should know the system, and I should act like I’m a Nigerian. I said it’s not about being a Nigerian but doing the right thing." 


“I’ve kept it close to my chest since 2014 because you’d have unnecessary enemies when you talk. People who played in lower leagues went to that World Cup. I’m not taking jab at anyone.


If you’re good for the World Cup, then you should go, but I feel like if you have to take the best and at the time, I was playing for a top team, Schalke 04 which was among the top team in Europesound at the time. Funny enough, after the conversation, it got a bit more personal. They told me that even if I end up going as part of the team, their own agent will negotiate that deal. I said it doesn’t good to me.”



Faviii Junior 8 months ago


Stanley Onyekachi 9 months ago

If his claim is true, then it's really bad. Bribery should be totally discouraged. But why did it take him so long to speak up?

Adeola Zayyad 9 months ago

Good citizen

Lotanna Obika 10 months ago


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