Birmingham is set to be announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the event in March, according to reports Wednesday.
The Games were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 but the South African city had the event taken away for financial reasons.
That led to a shortened bidding contest that came down to a race for British government funding between Birmingham and Liverpool, which was won by the central English city in September.
Despite being the only city to submit a bid by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) deadline of the end of September, Birmingham has had to wait nearly three months to have its victory confirmed.
Onazi, who was in the Super Eagles squad that tackled the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun yesterday for a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier, was denied work permit by the British Home Office last month thus delaying his ambition of taking his game to the birthplace of modern football.
Birmingham’s Manager, Harry Redknapp had hoped to make the 24-year-old his sixth signing of the summer transfer window, but he was denied an application for a work permit, a decision Birmingham appealed without success.
Onazi has more than 40 caps for Nigeria and was part of the side that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Nigeria’s failure to qualify for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations affected Onazi’s chances of moving to England. But with the Super Eagles likely to qualify for the World Cup, Onazi believes the coast would be clear for him in January to make the move.
“I am still in touch with the manager, Harry Redknapp, who believes Birmingham would be playing in the English Premiership next season.
“Redknapp first wanted to sign me when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, but for some reasons he couldn’t. He has called me to say he wants big, experienced players to help his team gain promotion back to the Premier League. It is an opportunity for me to get into the system.”
Onazi was in the starting team yesterday as Nigeria took on Cameroun in the reverse fixture of their 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side, Birmingham City.Birmingham had agreed to terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor.
However, the Football Association turned down the first application for a work permit for Onazi last week.An appeal made by the club was rejected yesterday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team.BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected an appeal.
Onazi has played 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reach the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil a year later.
However, Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the last two editions of the Nations Cup has affected his chances of securing a work permit to play in the English Championship.
Despite appearing in over 80 per cent of the national team games, Onazi failed to earn a permit after the FA considered the West African nation’s world ranking in the past two years.
They are ranked 38th in the August 2017 ranking, but Nigeria finished 54th on aggregate over the last two years.Onazi joined current club Trabzonspor from Lazio last year and scored twice in 27 Turkish Super Lig matches last season.He has 38 caps for Nigeria and was part of their Africa Cup of Nations winning squad in 2013.
Birmingham has been heavily linked with a move for Trabzonspor central midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, according to Turkish Press, reports bcfcfollowers.com.The total deal is believed to be around the £4 million mark (4.5 million Euros), as Blues boss, Harry Redknapp looks to bolster his midfield options.
After spending four years with Lazio, Ogenyi Onazi made the switch to Super Lig side Trabzonspor last summer. The 24-year old Nigerian instantly became a regular starter and enjoyed an encouraging maiden campaign in Turkey.
However, Onazi’s future was thrown in the air after announcing via his agent that he had terminated his contract with Trabzonspor due to unpaid wages.Although his agent revoked his decision, there is clearly unwanted tension between the player, which has put his future in doubt with the Trabzon-based heavyweights.
Trabzonspor had finished 12th in the Super Lig during the 2015/2016 season, which meant there was no European football for the upcoming campaign. They also changed their manager four times and Onazi turned out to be one of the best signings of coach Ersun Yanal.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner settled well after moving from Lazio, and became a vital cog in the middle of the park, making 32 league appearances.Onazi’s strong defensive attributes – tackling and intercepting skills – helped the six-time Turkish champions finish sixth, six places higher than the year before.With the news surfacing last month that Onazi had terminated his contract with Trabzonspor due to non-payment of his salary for two months, he may take the move to St Andrew’s with both hands.