Despite the many criticisms that trailed Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ loss to South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, in Uyo last June, the team’s assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi says though they may have lost in Uyo, he still feels comfortable playing there for now.
Onazi, who captained the team on the night, revealed exclusively to AOIFootball.com that the issue of ill-luck affecting the team as a result of playing in Uyo is not tenable, whilst insisting the team was poor on match day.
“I don’t think we should point fingers of bad luck on the choice of Uyo as our home ground for now. It was not the reason we lost- the reason was simply because we were not at our best on that night and no matter how painful it is, losing games is part of football,” Onazi stated.
The former Lazio midfielder however believes the team enjoys all the hospitality it can get in Uyo and have promised to ensure they maintain the winning spirit at all times, whether in Uyo or at any other venue.
Nigeria will play Cameroon at the same venue on the 1st of September, as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers continue.