Nigeria's midfielder OBOABONA Godfrey Oboabona listens to his national anthem before the Nigeria vs Cape Verde friendly football match in preparation for the CAN 2013 tournament at Algarve Stadium in Faro on January 9, 2013 . AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)


 *Dismisses Obasi’s alleged claims


Former Super Eagles defender, Godfrey Oboabona has dismissed claims of former Schalke 04 of Germany attacker Chinedu Obasi, that players were asked to pay a certain amount of cash in exchange for making the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil, reports.


Oboabona, who was then captain of NPFL side Sunshine stars, revealed that players were selected based on merit by the late Stephen Keshi, who was only very keen on selecting disciplined and well-dedicated players.


“I don’t know why such accusations are coming out. I was a Sunshine Stars player then and wouldn’t have had that kind of money to pay, so how will he say we paid money to be a part of the World Cup.


“I, Azubuike Egwueke, Ejike Uzoenyi, Kunle Odunlami, and Chigozie Agbim were all playing in the NPFL and the coach told us that we merited the team because we worked hard and deserved to play at the World Cup,” Oboabona said further.


The now Dinamo Batumi of Georgia defender started one out of Nigeria’s four games at the World Cup before their exit to France in the Round of 16.


The 2014 World Cup in Brazil still remains Nigeria’s best performance at the FIFA World Cup this decade, equaling the country’s previous best outing of a round of 16 finish at her maiden World Cup in Italy 1994.