Journalist-attacking Iheanacho shambolic As Furious CAR Hit Wingless Eagles in Lagos
By Our Reporter
Super Eagles’ 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic on Thursday came as a rude shock to every football lover across the world especially with the Nigerian side failing to get any clear-cut chance in the game.
The likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi – who came in the second half to replace Iheanacho all fired blanks but the Leicester City star was apparently the one with the most shambolic show on the night.
The build-up to the match had been blighted with Iheanacho’s attack of a journalist but any hope of restitution went up in flames as the former Manchester City forward produced one of the horrific performances in Eagles shirt and it was not surprising he was hauled off for Awoniyi.
What would have been a free-for-all between the Super Eagles striker, and ‘Brila FM’ journalist, Yinka Oyedele, was averted due to the maturity of the reporter after the Leicester City striker attacked him during the national team first training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday evening.
According to reports, the media was given access to talk to the players after their training with Oyedele one of the journalists present ready to take advantage of the moment by chatting with the striker who clocked 25 over the weekend, scoring a goal in his club’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
“The media was given permission to talk to players after training and when I approached Kelechi Iheanacho to talk after training, he decided to shove me aside despite the session being an open one,” Oyedele said.
“He actually ended up not talking to the press in what was a sheer show of ill manner.”
An eye-witness at the scene, Tobi Peters of ‘TVC’, said it was a sheer arrogance from the player and there was need to put an end to insults from the players to journalists.
Peters said Oyedele really showed maturity because no one would accept such attitude from someone who is younger than you and also in the line of your duty.
He added: “I don’t think personally that I would accept such an attitude from any player.
“They need us more than we need them because without God and publicity, some of them won’t be where they are today and I will say this, I was highly disappointed in Iheanacho and they need to call him to order.”
The Eagles went on to lose the game at home against the Central African Republic on Thursday, putting an end to the 40-year-old record of not losing a World Cup qualifier at home.
The second leg will be taking place on Sunday, October 10 in Douala, Cameroon, the adopted home of CAR.