Nigerian football hero turns real-life hero, chasing down mugger in Rome

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Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio could not stand idly by after witnessing a crime in the Italian capital city.

Heard of Ogenyi ‘Eddy’ Onazi? You might have when he self-declared a move to Chelsea as his dream about six months ago, but he should now be known as an important member of Serie A side Lazio.

It took him a while to earn his spurs in Italy, but by the end of last season he was a regular in the starting XI – and this term has begun much the same.

Onazi has therefore had a pretty magnificent 2013, winning the African Nations Cup with his homeland Nigeria at the start of the term.

Onazi is a regular for The Super Eagles, appearing in the majority of the countries games in the AFCON, including playing the full 90 minutes of the final against Burkina Faso.

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So he is already a hero in Nigeria – but he is now just a genuine hero.

The humble 20-year-old midfielder has revealed how he chased down a mugger at Rome’s main Termini Rail Station after he stole a wallet from a female tourist.

Ozani, talking to Lazio Style Radio, stated of the incident:

“I saw a boy and immediately felt due to his suspicious behaviour that he wanted to steal something. I didn’t even have time to tell my brother that he had already snatched the tourist’s wallet and run off. I noticed it, so I ran after him, but stayed on the other side of the street. I ran for 300 metres, the mugger left the wallet under a car, but I saw him. I chased him down and brought him back to the restaurant, avoiding the ire of the people around there. I told the restaurant owner to call the police and we brought the wallet back to the lady. She was in tears and thanked me, as the wallet was full of money.”

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