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Keshi says he’ll miss Onazi after midfielder's suspension

19 June 2015, 08:10

Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has come to the defense of midfielder Eddy Ogenyi Onazi after the 22-year old was suspended for Nigeria’s next two Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Tanzania and Egypt.

The SS Lazio of Italy midfielder was shown a straight red card for retaliation when he hit a Chadian player last weekend in Nigeria’s 2-0 win in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

And Keshi has admitted he will miss the midfielder’s services in those two games, but defends the player’s action, saying he also could have acted the same way Onazi did.

“We’re going to miss him for those two games,” Keshi told News24.

Also read: Onazi banned for two games

“The Chadian player elbowed him in the face and he retaliated and it was in the heat of the moment and I probably would have done the same.

“He (Onazi) knew he would be sent off for retaliating and that is where he has a fault, but it was a rush of blood to the head.

“He got the red card and I don’t blame him but we’re going to miss him for those two games and that is the only problem,” Keshi said.

The Super Eagles play Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in September, then host Egypt in March 2016.

- News24


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