Editor's note: How come did Ogenyi Onazi stand-in for absent Mikel Obi as the captain of the super eagles against Senegal in London where Ahmed Musa was also present?
Recall that on March 25, 2016, Musa who was the captain of the team 'stepped-down' for Mikel barely 24 hours to the tragic match in Kaduna where Egypt stunned Nigeria 1 - 1 to deny the African giants yet another AFCON tournament.
In this opinion piece, NAIJ.com guest author Adewale Ajayi claims that the Leicester City man has been a subject of ridicule in the national team and insists that another 'cabal' may soon surface in the super eagles.
They gave him the captainship band at some point but soon reduced him to a vice captain all because they wanted to ridicule him in front of his kinsmen.
Thursday March 23, makes it about one year since Ahmed Musa was stripped of the captainship band by former super eagles coach Samson Siasia on the eve of a Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt, in Kaduna.
I remember that day vividly like yesterday and I feel really bad that a player who has laboured so much for fatherland was made to submit himself to ridicule on the alter of pettiness, sentiments and some cheap blackmail.
It was the eve of a big match, a match that was to be played before the Kaduna fans, who so much loved Musa, a player they once called the okada man.
The atmosphere was charged, banners and posters with beautiful pictures of the Leicester City striker boldly printed on them, have adorned billboards on major streets close to the stadium.
That night in Kaduna, members of the Ahmed Musa fans club, had planned a pre-match reception for their own, a player whose exploits cuts across Kano and Kaduna, two cities known for their passionate football followership.
Inscriptions like "AHMED MUSA IS ONE OF US, WE LOVE HIM HERE", " OUR CAPTAIN WILL PILOT US TO VICTORY AGAINST EGYPT" "AHMED MAKE US PROUD", adorned beautiful posters that was made by these fans in honour of a living legend.
Unknowingly to them, somewhere in the other room, a secret meeting was taking place with just one agenda at heart.
That evil agenda was soon made public at an hurriedly arranged press conference where super eagles coach Samson Siasia, told Nigerians that Ahmed Musa has agreed to hand over the captainship band to Mikel Obi in the spirit of brotherliness and mutual respect.
As much as Siasia tried to convince us on the day, that the decision was taken in the best interest of the team, some of us with our ears closer to the ground, knew it was a well orchestrated palace coup, plotted by some very powerful personalities to ridicule a player right before his contemporaries.
Musa smiled as he walked away from the press conference, but beneath those smiles lies thick tears borne out of sadness and a feeling of betrayal.
That night, the news spread, the atmosphere became double charged as angry youths became very agitated, spoiling for war.
The match with Egypt was under serious security threat but meetings were held in various places and the same Ahmed Musa it was who calmed wounded nerves and told them to drop their swords and support the team.
Imagine he didn't do that with the poor security network in place on match day when over 60,000 fans forced their way into the Ahmadu Bello stadium just to watch the Eagles play.
There would have been massive mayhem and bloodshed. The story afterwards would not have been too palatable to the ears or eyes.
The match itself ended 1-1 and many attributed the poor performance of the super eagles that day to the infighting among the players. Some say the camp was immediately divided as some persons felt Musa didn't in anyway deserve the treatment meted to him by the powers that be.
One year later, in far away London, another Pharaoh called Gernot who do not know Siasia has conspired with some unseen powers to ridicule Musa yet again albeit, in a foreign land.
The coup was well scripted but poorly prosecuted. Rohr in his first meeting with the team, announced publicly to their ears that, in the absence of captain, Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi will captain the team against Senegal on Thursday, March 24, while Elderson Echiejile will skipper the side against Burkina Faso on Monday, March 27.
To imagine that Ahmed Musa the assistant captain of the team was invited and available for selection, many view Rohr's decision to appoint a new captain on foreign soil as an insult on the personality of Ahmed Musa.
The Leicester City player also felt stabbed by this decision and quickly walked up to Rohr in private, to inform him that henceforth, he is no longer interested in wearing the tag of assistant super eagles captain.
Demoted from captain to vice captain and later made a mare observer, the former CSKA of Moscow attacker must have endured so much and took the right time to quit.
Whether his decision will be viewed by some as a case of chickening out when the ovation is loudest or seen by others as a case of a man scared of challenges is meaningless at this point because to Musa it was a case of ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
He could no longer bottle the insults and ridicule inside and has decided to publicly make his stands known to anyone who cares to listen. I salute your courage brother, I would have done worse if I was in your shoes Ahmed.
ADEWALE Ajayi is the current the media officer of the flying eagles of Nigeria, a staff of AIT , a well travelled sports journalist that have covered four nations cup and two world cups, an LMC match delegate and a football match commissioner.
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