In a new revelation on the Chinedu Obasi confession about a bribe he refused to pay to be part of the 2014 Super Eagles World Cup squad, BBC journalist Juliet Mafua has revealed that an unnamed Nigeria striker was denied a spot in the squad for refusing to pay $10,000.
It will be recalled that Chinedu Obasi in an interview with Kelechi Bernard revealed his refusal to agree to paying a bribe was the reason he was omitted from Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup squad and now there is more twist in the story.
In a series of tweets, Juliet Mafua alleged that Michael Uchebo took the place of the unnamed player after someone paid the $10,000 on his (Uchebo) behalf.
She stated that the unnamed striker was the highest goal scorer for his Belgian club and should have made the squad in place of Uchebo who only scored a handful of goals for a relagation threatened Cercle Brugge
Read her tweets below
Still wonder how Michael Uchebo made the cut in 2014?— Juliet Mafua (@julietmafua) May 10, 2020
Well, I know this first hand.
My friend who played in Belgium at the time and was the league’s highest goal scorer, told me one of the officials asked him to pay $10,000. He saw his name on the World Cup list 1/4 https://t.co/oSPbJBQXRN
He was shocked. He was the highest goal scorer in the Belgian league, played for a bigger club while Uchebo only scored few goals and played for a team battling relegation. He showed me the “receipts” but my greatest mistake was not thinking as a journalist but as a friend. 3/4— Juliet Mafua (@julietmafua) May 10, 2020
The 2014 World Cup list was “bloody”. It was a case of now or never to make the cash for some of the “respectable” officials. 😒— Juliet Mafua (@julietmafua) May 10, 2020