Raheem Lawal who currently plays for Turkish second division club, Akhisarspor, has accused former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi of denying him a place in the 2013 African Cup of Nations squad in South Africa.
Lawal was invited to the Eagles camp after a brilliant display during the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship, where he was joint top scorer with three goals. He was invited alongside fellow U-23 side players, Nosa Igiebor and Obiora Nwankwo in 2012. But he was dropped from the squad in the last minute for the 2013 AFCON in South Africa which Nigeria eventually won.
Lawal made the following post on his Instagram page: “Amokachi you denied me the MON title in 2013 AFCON. I still got the pain in my heart forever.
“Amokachi you dropped me last minute of 2013 AFCON because you want to sell some players to Super Eagles.
“But remember that your children have started playing football. Keep resting in peace big boss Keshi.
“Funniest part is that they called the list three times because Amokachi wants me out from the squad.
“Even the Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu from Idi Oro Mushin could not fight for me.
“Local Mushin boy and only Yoruba for the squad then who have nobody in the team then.”
Reacting to Lawal’s claims, Shorunmu said: “I don’t need to respond to these allegations,”
“I was not the Super Eagles coach at the time, I was just an assistant.
“Those who were not in the team then would not have known what happened there.
“He said he’s Yoruba and I didn’t fight for him.
“I’d like to challenge him to tell the world what sort of advice I always offered him in camp.
“He’s no doubt a good player but what about his attitude?
“I used to warn him to be calm and not be aggressive when certain decisions didn’t go his way.
“The late Keshi loved him as a player but his attitude was his biggest problem.”
Amokachi could not be reached for his comments and defense.