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I Didn’t Personally Abandon Super Eagles Before Start Of AFCON Tourney – Umar Sadiq

26-year old Real Sociedad forward, Umar Sadiq has apologised to Nigerians over his exit from the Super Eagles camp few days to the start of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Sadiq, who sustained an injury in the Nigeria’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Guinea few days to the start of the AFCON 2023 finals, said that he did not leave the squad on his own volition.
The lanky striker left the Super Eagles camp last week Saturday and was replaced by Trabzonspor star, Paul Onuachu.
But he was seen training with Real Sociedad few days later and even featured in a Copa del Rey clash for Real Sociedad against Osasuna on Wednesday.
This has led to criticisms by many Nigerian fans on the social media and beyond.
The striker then responded to such criticisms with his version of what really happened thus:
“I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Super Eagles for their outstanding victory against Ivory Coast. It is imperative for me to address the messages I have received from fellow Nigerians, accusing me of pretending to be injured to depart the national team just before the AFCON and return to my club.
“Clarifying the situation and providing a detailed account of events is essential. I want to express my deep love for Africa and my unwavering affection for Nigeria. Representing our great nation is consistently both a privilege and an honour. Here is a comprehensive explanation of the situation:
“During the friendly match against Guinea, I experienced a significant impact from two Guinean defenders, leading to a penalty in favour of Nigeria. Despite the medical team recommending substitution for preventive measures, I insisted on continuing to play and completed the game. The following day, my knee swelled.
“The Super Eagles’ medical team conducted a thorough examination, revealing a meniscus injury. Consequently, the manager decided to replace me based on the medical assessment, considering uncertainties about my fitness for the games.
“Upon returning to my club and undergoing thorough examinations, the medical team revealed that | had only suffered a bruise, and as a result, I was cleared to resume training.
“I give special thanks to my club, Real Sociedad, for supporting my swift recovery and return to play.
“Representing Nigeria is always my priority; I will never take it for granted. I would gladly accept it if I could return to the team. I am sad that I am not with my colleagues but happy they are winning. I extend my best wishes to the Super Eagles in the ongoing African Nations Cup.“
Source: Prompt News online.

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