In the match between Nigeria and Argentina, Onazi dribbled the ball to within 10 yards of the box and wound up for a long-range shot on goal.
He struck it perfectly and it might well have been the equalizer we needed as the Eagles were trailing 3-2, but the ball cannoned into the arm of striker Michael Babatunde, who just so happened to be right in the line of fire. Incredibly, the pure speed and power behind the strike broke Babatunde’s arm on impact. Slow motion replays show the sickening moment in the 64th minute when Babatunde’s arm bends backwards – an unfortunate situation of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is understood the 21-year-old will have surgery on his arm and sidelined for his team’s do or die match against France on Tuesday morning.
“I think he’s got a broken hand and he’s going for surgery right now as we speak,” Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told Reuters Africa.
“So I’m not sure if he’s still going to participate in this World Cup. But we’ll see how he goes. But it’s not good.”
Babatunde, who plays for Ukrainian team Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, was a surprise pick for the national team. He was named in the side ahead of Chelsea striker Victor Moses.
Here is the slow motion video below. See how his hand bends unnaturally on impacthttp://youtu.be/Vqmm2_nTF_8