Turkey-based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will lead the Super Eagles in tonight’s friendly against Senegal in London.
The Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr decided to pick Onazi to replace Chinese based Mikel Obi who is not available for the friendly due to club assignment.
The coach’s decision was received with a reaction from Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa has since announced to his fellow Super Eagles stars he will no longer be the team’s assistant captain,
The team’s assistant captain do stand in when the captain is indisposed.
A top source said, “Musa told his teammates after the pre-match meeting he will no longer be assistant captain of the national team.”
It may well not be unconnected with the decision of coach Gernot Rohr to go with Onazi as captain for tonight’s clash at the Hive Stadium.
The former CSKA Moscow star was appointed captain by coach Sunday Oliseh in 2015 after Vincent Enyeama quit international duty.
However, coach Samson Siasia then push the 23-year-old forward to surrender the captain’s armband to a more senior colleague, Mikel Obi, who was overlooked by Oliseh.
At a time critics argue that the captaincy affected his own contribution to the Eagles.
Mikel is the Eagles skipper, but he has been excused by the team for the London friendlies so as to settle in quickly at his new Chinese club.