Abuja - Super Eagles
midfielder Eddy Ogenyi Onazi has formally apologized to the Nigeria Football
Federation for his on-field action that led to a straight red card in last
month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Chad in Kaduna.
In a letter dated
30th June, 2015 and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, the
SS Lazio of Italy playmaker wrote:
“Sequel to your
letter REF: NFF/OGS/Admin/Vol.V/009, I hereby tender an unreserved apology with
respect to my conduct which led to my dismissal in the game against Chad in
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“I accept the
fact that my act was tantamount to an unacceptable one on the field of play.
However, I want to inform you that my action on the pitch was not premeditated
and was only a reaction to a violent attack on me by the Chadian player, who
hit me from behind while I was standing outside the penalty box.
“In addition, I
had tendered an unreserved apology immediately after the match via my official
social media accounts, as well as in the traditional media, to my teammates and
to Nigerians who felt let down by an act they considered surprising because of
my reputation in that regard.
“Also, I had
volunteered to attend the two matches that I have since been punished for by
CAF both at home and away, to support my teammates. I believe this is an
amenable punishment and therefore appeal for the further fine of $5,000 that
was imposed on me by the NFF.”