Nigerian international Eddy Ogenyi Onazi has revealed how Trabzonspor’s president repeatedly came to consult him before bringing down his countrymen.
Onazi earned the president’s trust after spending four years at the Turkish club from Italian side Lazio in 2016. So, how did Anthony Nwakaeme get signed from Isreal’s Hapoel Beer Sheva through his influence?
“It was fantastic and before Tony came, the president told me that he was trying to sign this Nigerian player and he asked me if I know him,” Onazi told Brila.
“I told him Tony is a fantastic player and he should do whatever he can to bring in, so when he finally signed him and Tony scored two goals in his second game, the president came back to me and was so happy.
Fast forward a couple of years later, a certain Nigerian and Chelsea legend was to arrive in town. His name was John Obi Mikel.
“After the Afcon in Egypt, the president came back again and told me when he wants to bring Mikel and I should help them speak to him,” Onazi continued.
“Then I discussed all night with Mikel to come over too and I was injured then, so hopefully when I recover we will play together, but unfortunately we did not spend much time together,” concluded the Benue-born 27-year-old midfielder who now plays his football for Denizlispor in Turkey.