Former Super Eagles assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has replied Raheem Lawal who called him out over an allegation that he was unfairly dropped from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad.
Lawal, who currently plays for Turkish second division club, Akhisarspor, in an Instagram post yesterday blamed former goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu for not standing up for him too despite both of them share same Mushin, Lagos roots.
He also alleged that Amokachi dropped him because he had particular players he was interested in selling.
The 31-year-old was invited to the Eagles alongside Nosa Igiebor and Obiora Nwankwo in 2012 following their impressive displays with the U-23 side during the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship, where he was the joint top scorer with three goals.
But prior to the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, the former Omanlispor was dropped from the squad.
However, Amokachi said the midfielder was dropped because he was not in the right state for selection into the title-winning team.
He urged Raheem to forgive him and every other person he blamed for his omission.
Amokachi said: “For me 100 percent when names were mentioned on who could take over from Jay Jay Okocha, Raheem was the closest to him and that is the truth,” Amokachi said in an interview on Brila FM.
“He was not in the right state as at that particular time and that was why we had younger players from the home-based team take his place.
“So, it was difficult for any player who was not in the right state or not doing well at that point with his club to make the team.
“Don’t blame anybody for your failure, but if you think we were the ones that made you not to go to 2013 AFCON or that you did not get the MON title that you wanted, my apologies. Honestly, it was not me, but for you not to have been taken, forgive us for not taking you. Anytime, it will be my pleasure to give you my MON honour.”