Sidney Sam disrespectful, says NFF


Sam SidneyThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has labelled Germany-born Nigerian soccer star, Sidney Sam as disrespectful following the players outburst on issues bothering on his nationality switch.

The NFF through its Chief Media Officer, Mr Ademola Olajire, said Sidney Sam was economical with the truth when he said in an interview in the United State on Monday that he was never contacted by the Nigeria FA on issue of nationality switch.

Olajire noted that the player did not show respect for the country with his utterances when he spoke to the media lately on his loyalty to the German Machine.

Sam who the NFF stated was just few documentations away from playing for the Super Eagles, denied ever being contacted by the Nigeria FA and that he never intended to represent the Nigerian team.

“It is disappointing, disrespectful and not correct. If Sam is not interested nothing anybody can do about it, but we won’t do is to start begging him to come and play football for Nigeria.

“But to say he was never contacted is false and ridiculous. At the appropriate time we will give more details.”

Sam, 25 has played for Germany only at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, making him still eligible to play for the African champions.

And Nigeria had retained hope they could persuade Sam to play for them despite his call-up to the Germany squad.

But ahead of Germany’s friendly against Ecuador on Tuesday and and the US three days later, Sam told German sports agency SID: “The 2014 World Cup is still far away but for me it is only Germany that counts. We don’t have to speak about Nigeria.

“I never really thought about Nigeria and I do not know who invented that.

“I always wanted to play for Germany and I know I was on the coach’s list. It is a pity, I was often injured but now I am here and want to prove my strengths.”

Sam’s comments appear to have ended the NFF’s pursuit of the player, which has been going on since last November.






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