The Nigeria Football Federation has come down heavily on Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, as they Saturday slammed a $5,000 (about N1m fine) on the SS Lazio midfielder for his despicable act in last weekend’s AFCON qualifying match against Chad.
Onazi was given a straight red card for retaliation in the game in
The NFF, in a statement, said aside the fine, Onazi is also expected to produce a written apology for his action.
In a letter signed by Tunde Aderibigbe on behalf of the General Secretary and dated June 19, the NFF wrote:
“The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has viewed your behavior and conduct during the Nigeria/Chad match as tantamount to gross indiscipline and unprofessional, which undermined the discipline of the team in its totality and a breach of ethics for players as well as the Code of Conduct for players and officials.
“Consequently, the NFF, having reviewed the situation, hereby impose a fine of $5,000 (Five Thousand American Dollars Only) on you as well as a written apology. We believe that subsequently you will be of good behavior and conduct, for a repeat of this behavior shall earn you even stiffer punishment.
“We hope that this action shall serve as deterrent to others in our future engagements.
Onazi had apologized after the match in Kaduna, nonetheless, he was slammed a two-match ban that will see him miss the away game in Tanzania and the home tie against Egypt.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: Call Willie - +2348098788999