Brown Ideye has promised to let the cat out of the bag on why he was omitted from Nigeria’s World Cup squad in 2014.
Ideye was an integral part of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad, led by the late Stephen Keshi. The striker partnered tournament highest goalscorer, Emmanuel Emenike in attack to devastating effect as the country defied odds to conquer the continent.
However, he was left out of the Super Eagles’ 2014 FIFA World Cup setup; a decision he hinted was fueled by corruption.
Although he has refused to mention specifically what transpired and why he did not make the cut, Ideye promised to pen his experience in a book to be published some time soon.
“Before I retire, I will write a book and pour everything out,” he said in a chat with sport journalist Oma Akatugba on Instagram.
“We all know that there is a lot of corruption in our football. But, there is a limit you can go when it comes to corruption and bribery.
“So many things didn’t add up at the time. I was asking myself if I did something wrong or there was something I didn’t do. Not going to that World Cup, God used Keshi to sideline me for the West Bromich Albion job.
“I haven’t told anyone what really transpired, only my spouse knows about the story. It was painful, I felt like saying something but I decided to get hold of myself.
“That would have been my second World Cup. The first World Cup I attended, I was on the bench. I would have played in 2014.
“I stopped getting pissed, dropped the anger and the bad wishes in my heart. It was my dream to play in England and God used Keshi to make it happen”
Meanwhile, last week, Chinedu Obasi who also missed out of the same tournament revealed that he was asked to pay some money in order to make the cut.