Obafemi saga creates unnecessary controversy…15/11/2018

Every form of media outlet involved with Irish football is currently awash with the Michael Obafemi story. Manager Martin O’Neill stated at yesterday’s press conference that the eighteen year old Southampton striker would be considered for selection in the friendly encounter with Northern Ireland this evening but would not be involved in the competitive Denmark encounter on Monday night as the triple nation qualified teenager might need time to consider his international position. There followed a whole plethora of on line comment and observation, some of which was of a quite vitriolic bent. Michael’s representatives have this morning announced that the youngster was committed to Ireland and at no time had consideration been given to representing another country. We await the next stage of this very avoidable debacle with some trepidation. We can but hope that Michael is Aarhus and not Southampton bound on Saturday.