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Michael Obafemi: “I Lost The Ball & He Screamed At Me For Five Minutes”

Michael Obafemi: “I Lost The Ball & He Screamed At Me For Five Minutes”

Michael Obafemi: “I Misplaced The Ball & He Screamed At Me For 5 Minutes”

Southampton and Eire striker Michael Obafemi has opened up on his expertise working below former assistant supervisor Roy Keane throughout his first worldwide call-up final November.

Obafemi, one among Irish soccer’s brightest abilities, was included in Martin O’Neill’s senior squad for the video games towards Northern Eire and Denmark final 12 months.

The 18-year outdated made his debut over the past 10 minutes of the UEFA Nations League sport in Aarhus as Eire drew 0-0.

Talking completely to Match of Day, Obafemi outlined that regardless that making his worldwide debut was an extremely proud second, he did draw the ire of then assistant supervisor Roy Keane throughout the sport.

Obafemi spoke of his expertise working with the previous Manchester United captain and defined that dropping the ball in a sport doesn’t go down effectively with Keane.

“I’ve been requested this so much! He’s not as scary as individuals suppose,” laughed Obafemi.

“Effectively he’s… however he isn’t actually! I bear in mind one time, within the Denmark sport after I made my debut, I misplaced the ball and he screamed at me for a great 5 minutes.

“He was simply screaming at me, I used to be like ‘oh no,’ he actually simply carried on screaming and screaming but it surely was alright. His coronary heart is in the suitable place, he can simply be a bit indignant.”

Earlier than declaring for the Boys in Inexperienced and making his aggressive debut, there had been some confusion surrounding Obafemi’s worldwide allegiance.

The 18-year outdated is eligible to symbolize each Nigeria and England and through November’s camp Martin O’Neill outlined that Obafemi “nonetheless had a choice to make” over his future.

“He may play with (Nigeria or England). He has selections to make for his future. He would wish to debate this along with his household. There’s no actual strain for him to make that call within the subsequent couple of days.”

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Obafemi, nonetheless, defined that O’Neill by no means straight requested him what he needed to do with regard his future, however that he all the time knew he can be selecting Eire.

“Martin O’Neill by no means straight requested me what I needed to do. He simply mentioned ‘you’re not in a rush,’ he didn’t wish to put strain on me within the state of affairs however I knew what I used to be going to do.

“I spoke to my agent, we knew what we have been going to do. That’s after I made the tweet, ‘All In.’ It obtained an amazing response so I used to be proud of that.”


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