Onazi explains reasons behind failed Crotone move

Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has explained why he failed to land a deal with Italian Serie A side Crotone, despite undergoing medical.


Onazi was closed to signing a deal with the newly-promoted side after ending his spell with Turkish Super Lig side Denizlispor back in June.



The Super Eagles midfielder surprisingly moved to Denmark, where he signed for to Danish Superliga club Sønderjyske.


The former Lazio man however revealed to BBC Africa that he was closer to a return to Serie A, but Crotone pulled out of the deal at the last minute.


“It’s true I had a medical at Crotone. When I was in Turkey we had an agreement,” he confirmed.


“My agent [Ayodele Makinwa] explained everything to me on the phone, but on getting to southern Italy they pulled out of the agreement.


“This happens in football but it’s the way of life.” He told the BBC.


Haven played in Italy and Turkey, Ogenyi Onazi is confident that Danish club SønderjyskE is the ideal club for him to get his career back on track.


“I am more hungry and determined to do extra well. I’ve lost a lot of grounds, but it can only be better from here on.”


“We had other offers from different places but the main reason I chose Denmark is that I haven’t played in a while,” he admitted.


“I decided to go to a place where I can have proper fitness, get regular game time, and test myself mentally.


“It was not the best option financially but it’s the most challenging and it provides a tough physical challenge. The training is physical like the German league.


“It’s a short-term plan but I am prepared to take it one week at a time and after this, we can look at something bigger.” He concluded.



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