Former Super Eagles forward Michael Eneramo has opened up on how he was dropped from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Former Esperance of Tunisia said the Nigeria Football Federation decided to drop him from the squad and lied the world football governing body that he was injured and went on to replace him with Chinedu Obasi.
Eneramo who was heavily involved with squad during the qualifying campaign under the late Shuaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi was a surprise omission from the final squad to the Mundial.
While reacting to the current ongoing bribery scandal rocking Nigeria Football, Eneramo has now decided to turn the heat Obasi who claimed he was omitted from the 2014 FIFA World Cup sqaud because he refused to pay bribe.
He said : “Obasi can’t deny that he didn’t go to the World Cup 2010 on merit. It was my spot that was handed to him after my details have been submitted to FIFA. It happened after one friendly game and the excuse they used in removing my name was that I was injured but it wasn’t true”, Eneramo told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” I was so pained by the decision because I had the chance of representing Tunisia but turned it down to play for Nigeria. Although we pipped them to the World Cup ticket I still feel maybe I should have played for them instead of Nigeria judging by how I was treated”, he concluded.
Between 2004 to 2010, Michael Eneramo scored 51 goals in 80 matches for Esperance of Tunisia, he also had a brief spell with Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksheir and USM Algiers Algeria.
He made total of ten appearances for the Super Eagles and scored three goals, before he was totally ignored.
It would be recalled that the Super Eagles failed to make it to the next round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa under the tutelage of Lars Laggerback