Former Super Eagles coach, Late Stephen Keshi

Former Super Eagles coach, Late Stephen Keshi

Nigerian footballer, Ogenyi Onazi has recounted the vital role Late Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles’ coach played in making him a football star.

Onazi revealed that he was invited to play for Nigeria by the late coach after he (Keshi) saw him (Onazi) play against Tottenham in 2012.

The 27-year-old made his debut as a Super Eagles goalkeeper in a 2013 AFCON qualifying game against Liberia.

Ogenyi Onazi holding the Nigerian Flag

Ogenyi Onazi holding the Nigerian Flag

“Keshi told me he wanted me to do something for Nigerians, that he was going to play me in the right-back position against Zambia, Efe Ambrose was suspended. I told him I was ready to play as a goalkeeper,” Onazi told Super Eagles media team via Instagram live.

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“That was when he asked Enebi, the Team Secretary if I was a Nigerian and he said yes, he said he wanted me in the national team, so that’s how I came to the Super Eagles.

“I have so much respect for the Big Boss, I never forget about him, he’s a legend and may his soul rest in peace and God bless him wherever he is, he contributed massively to my football career” he added.