Super Eagles and Almeria forward, Umar Sadiq has hit on critics who thinks he’s part of the Super Eagles World Cup qualifiers team only because he his from the Northern part of the country.
“People say I am in the national team because I am from the north, I laugh because if I truly wanted to use my connections, I would have been in the national team long ago. I scored four goals at the Olympics in Brazil. That’s not connection. I worked,” he said to Omasports.
The lanky forward was named the Segunda Division 2 player for the month of February.
His goals helped the Rojiblancos La Unión string together a four-game unbeaten run and move second place on the log, three points behind the Ligue leaders, SD Eibar.
The 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist’s with Nigeria, added that the deep tribalism that taints the Nigerian game saddens him, and he believes the media must play a bigger part in curbing it.
“I am sad that Nigerians have turned the national team to tribal war. People support players based on their tribe, and it breaks my heart.
“Even the media have caused a lot of problems. When you like a player, you praise him over the others, and it is not good”, the Almeria striker concluded.
Nigeria take on Ghana in the 20,000 –capacity Cape Coast Sports Stadium as from 7.30pm on Friday 25th March, with the reverse leg set for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th March as from 6pm.
The winner over two legs will earn one of Africa’s five tickets to the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals, scheduled for 14th November – 18th December this year in Qatar.