Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu has called on his national teammates to boycott the 2021 African Cup of nations qualifying matches as their contribution to the #EndSARS protests.
Ogu suggested that there was no point representing the country when the politicians are treating them so badly.
“I feel like this is the best thing to do right now until they get back to their senses and listen to us,” Ogu told BBC.
“We want a good government, the police brutality to stop, we want the SARS to stop, we want the killings to stop, we want good laws, we want job opportunities. It’s just crazy,” he added.
The midfielder said he believes most of his national teammates understand this point and he wish they “could do this.”
“There are games coming up and if we boycott these games, I’m sure they will know we’ve made a statement,” Ogu said.
Ogu said that although he has not spoken with the other players about this, he believes they feel the same way about people in Nigeria, their loved ones, those that have died, “I’m sure the players are aware,” he said.
“I don’t know (whether there will be a boycott). I don’t know what is in the heart of the other boys.”
Ogu made very clear that if things continue the way they are now, the players will boycott the double header against Sierra Leone in November.
He said he was certain that his colleagues are thinking about it now, adding that “If this thing continues to next month we won’t play.”
“How can I go to the national team to represent my country, to represent the government and the people when I think of the lost souls of those who have been killed?”
“In Lagos, it’s brutal now; burning banks, cars, police stations. It’s dangerous to go out. The country is in shambles.
The End SARS crisis escalated on Tuesday after some military men opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters at the Lekki area of Lagos State.
This led to violent protests across the country on Wednesday accompanied with to looting, destruction of public and private property, especially in Lagos State.
LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal
Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.
Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.
However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.
It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.
But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.
The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.
David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.
Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title
Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.
According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.
“I follow the league with great attention.
“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.
“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.
Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.
2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes
Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.
Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.
With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.
Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.
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