Onazi under fire over performance during England friendly
Super Eagles fans have criticized the performance of Trabzonspor midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to England in a pre-World Cup friendly game played on Saturday at Wembley.
Eagles conceded two goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane in the first half before responding with an Alex Iwobi strike after the break.
Onazi, who was hauled off by coach Gernot Rohr before the start of the second half, had one of the worst games of his international career for Nigeria.
However, statistics from Whoscored will support fans’ observation that Onazi made zero interceptions, clearances, no blocked shots, dribbles, shots, key passes, and finished the game with a poor passing accuracy of 68.4 percent.
Below are some reactions on Twitter gathered by DAILY POST.
@sportingshina: ”Onazi against @England was a definition of ‘MATTER’. He has weight and occupied space.”
@drew_dej: ”Onazi Cannot pass Cannot tackle Cannot run … rubbish player. Abeg I dey warm up”.
@Yemzine: ”Onazi is so bad right now. Did he stop paying his tithes to T.B. Joshua??”.
@MalikMalcolmLee: ”what we’ve learnt today is that onazi is useless”.
@Cerebrone: ”Onazi is a mistake waiting to happen.”
@dejazimako007: ”Onazi can be giving morale and singing gyration songs from the bench. Don’t want to see him on the pitch again #ENGNGA”
@OlisaOsega: ”Onazi will cost us a lot at the World Cup if he starts.”
@FOLABI: ”How did this Onazi make it to Russia?”.
@TheYomiKazeem: ”Onazi is playing for England.”
@Unwa: ”England is colonizing us again. Onazi is the Nigerian slave trade enhancing chief #ENGNGA”.
@deejayfaremi: ”Dear Onazi, hope all is well. Our jersey is the one with feather. Regards”.
@temiokomi: ”Man. Onazi is awful. Sadly.”
@MalikMalcolmLee: ”Onazi is the worst midfielder in this world”.
@IbkSports: ”How’s Onazi going to the worldcup? How is he even a midfielder? The only thing he’s creating in that midfield are problems!!! #ENGNGA”.
@Dayo_k: ”Get onazi out of this squad. Far away from the squad”.
@Folarinfotos: ”So, we are all unanimous in our submission that Onazi is better off as the team’s official cheerleader than as a player on it.”
@Jydeskillz: ”Onazi should remain in Nigeria and not go to russia”.
@4eyedmonk: ”Onazi is the weak link in this team in this game”.
@AO1379: ”Onazi can’t start for Nigeria again. Awful game. Awful.”
@Mclaniyi: ”Onazi just dey run around like person wey dey sell gala”.
@Cerebrone: ”How are we going to even get a point at the World Cup with Onazi in our midfield? How?”
@BelieveAllCom: ”Someone said that Onazi is the Bakoyoko of Nigeria. Lol #ENGNGA”.
@DizSteve: ”Really unfair for a player like John Ogu to be sitting on the bench while Onazi messes up every game. smh”.
@SirLeoBDasilva: ”lol Onazi what will happen when you meet Modric? Or when you meet Messi”.
Nigeria will face Czech Republic in their next warm up game on Wednesday, before heading out to Russia and getting their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign underway in two weeks’ time.