Nigeria World Cup defender Juwon Oshaniwa has revealed he was hounded out of Scottish club Hearts by a powerful official who was involved in his transfer from Israel two years ago.
Oshaniwa, 26, has now quit Hearts by mutual consent after two seasons, a year before the expiration of his contract.
The AFCON 2013 winner had a great time in his first season with Hearts, helping them to clinch Europa League ticket, but was surprisingly kept on bench for all of the 2016/2017 season.
Oshaniwa has now alleged that he did not play a single game last season because of the undue influence of a top Hearts official.
“I had a very great season in the first year and so everyone was surprised the way I was treated in the just-ended season,” the leftback said.
“I suffered for the sin of a club official who was involved in the deal that took me out of Ashdod (of Israel).
“The deal he made was if I played a certain number of games, Hearts will pay Ashdod some money and so on.
“On my part, I was professional all through, but this past season I felt I deserved a better treatment, that’s why I cancelled my contract.
“The top director determined who plays at the club. He kept influencing the coaches against me.
“My team mates always asked why I was not playing because all the left backs who played ahead of me did not measure up.”
This was after the former Ashdod star was a toast of many clubs after his debut season at Hearts during which he played 25 matches.
“In fact just after I resumed for last season to kick off, the manager called me to his office and informed me of the calls from clubs who wanted me and he pleaded I should stay because I am in his plan,” Oshaniwa revealed.