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I Dumped Nigeria Because They Asked Me To Pay £5,000 To Get Super Eagles Call Up – Sarki

Emmanuel Sarki has revealed why he dumped Nigeria after an impressive performance with the Flying Eagles and the U-23.

Former Golden Eaglets star, Emmanuel Sarki has revealed that some coaches in Nigeria demanded £5,000 for him to get Super Eagles call up.

I Dumped Nigeria Because They Asked Me To Pay £5,000 To Get Super Eagles Call Up - Sarki

Emmanuel Sarki disclosed this during a recent interview while revealing why he dumped Nigeria and chose to play for Haiti.

Sarki was a contemporary of John Obi Mikel in the Golden Eaglets team that featured in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by Finland.

The Kaduna-born winger seemed destined to progress to the Super Eagles after an impressive performance with the Flying Eagles and the U-23 side, only to earn a call-up to the Haitian national team in 2014.

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Emmanuel Sarki Reveals Why He Dumped Nigeria For Haiti

Speaking on why he dumped Nigeria during an interview with the Athletic, Sarki said that he was asked to pay £5,000 in a bid to represent the Super Eagles.

He said, “There were people demanding I pay £5,000 just to make sure Nigeria called me up.

“What? I have to pay to play football for my country? No way, I’m not doing that.

“But my grandfather had come from Haiti to Nigeria as a missionary, I had his birth certificate, and there was another Haitian in the team at Wisla, who called the Haitian Football Federation president and told him all about me.”

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The 33-year-old also revealed that he has stopped playing football because of his air sickness.:

Sarki said, “It was too stressful for me. I said to them I was really sorry but I’m done. I don’t want to travel that far. I was throwing up on the flights; I felt dizzy.”

“To represent them was really amazing but now I’m getting old. I’m 33, taking it easy, just balling. I have a young son, Samuel, and my fiancee is Polish. I am home.”

KanyiDaily recalls that John Fashanu had also revealed why players like Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, decided to play for England and not Nigeria, their country of origin.

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