I’m not in Super Eagles for cash —Igbonu
Super Eagles striker, Sylvester Igbonu, has said he places Nigeria ahead of financial benefits, after a report in a Nigerian newspaper quoted him as saying the country should stop owing its footballers money.
The FC Ufa man, who snubbed advances from Denmark to play for Nigeria, said he would never shun international call-ups because of financial considerations, adding that it was a rare privilege to wear Nigeria’s colours at senior level.
“I never made the comments ascribed to me in that story, so I was surprised when I read it online. It’s not in my character to make such comments; I have never placed money ahead of playing for my fatherland because Nigeria is bigger than any amount of money,” the ex-FC Midtjylland forward stated.
“It’s a rare privilege to play for Nigeria, so why would I make such comments? Nigeria will always remain my country and I’m committed to make Nigerians proud with my contributions to the national team. I thank God I’m okay financially, so money has never been a consideration for my decision to play for the Eagles.”
“I thank the Nigeria Football Federation, coach Sunday Oliseh and Nigerians for giving me the opportunity to serve this great nation.”
The 25-year-old Igbonu made his international debut in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania on September 5, 2015, replacing Moses Simon as a substitute in the 69th minute, and has gone to play six games for the national team.