Former Super Eagles midfielder, Duke Udi has opened up on he missed out on the team that went to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games under former coach, Bonfrere Jo.
Though the team braced all the odds to clinch Nigeria’s only gold medal in the football event at the Olympics, Udi revealed that he was unfairly axed from the team by the coach for rejecting a loan move to Slovakia.
According to him, Bonfrere was instrumental in his securing a deal with Grasshoppers in Switzerland.
But a loan move to Slovakia which he rejected from the club put him out of favour with the ex-Eagles gaffer.
“The contract was different from the treatment I got at the club.
“When I met him (Bonfrere) again, he said he heard I had been unruly and that I also damaged the official car given to me, but it was all lies and I told him that.
“Down the line, I was asked to go out on loan, Bonfrere told me to accept the move to Slovakia, but I refused and opted to return home to 3SC.”
”Bonfrere was angry and though I played all the qualifying matches and friendlies, He swore I wouldn’t make the 1996 Atalanta Olympics team.
“After the camp in Enugu ended and we got to Lagos where the list was announced, I was dropped. Bonfrere called me stupid for turning down the Slovakia move and just because he was such a vindictive person, he could do that to me,” he concluded.