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Amokachi slams Chinedu Obasi over 2014 World Cup bribery allegation

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi has countered claims by ex-Nigerian forward, Chinedu Obasi, that he was dropped from the Brazil 2014 World Cup team for his failure to pay bribe.

But Obasi in his claim did not mention the coach or the official who requested the bribe.

However, it would be recalled that Stephen Keshi, who is now late was Super Eagles coach in 2014, while Amokachi was his assistant.

Speaking in a chat with TheCable, Amokachi, who was Keshi’s right-hand man, neither denied the claims nor owned up to the scandal.

Instead, he slammed Obasi for bringing up the case after the death of the manager in charge.

He said, “Even look at it, this happened in 2014 and six years after you are coming forward with such claims? Why wait until now? It doesn’t make sense to bring such an issue when the head is no longer alive to respond to you?

“I am not saying such things don’t happen. Up until tomorrow, this thing does happen in African football but for us to have a change, when such happens, come forward with such. Be the sacrifice so as to prevent others from going through the experience.

“It is not about one person, it’s a revolution, a change, that if we start, it will change a lot of things in our football.

“This issue of bribe-taking or collecting in our football is not a one-way thing. Agents of players will come and meet a coach to offer money for their players to be taken.

“It’s a two-way thing. Sometimes, players are the ones that will even go to the coach to say my agent said he will pay for me to be part of the team.

“You will also see some administrators and coaches who have turned agents that will try to be influencing things from the side.” he said.

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