“Super Eagles AFCON exit wasn’t his fault”, Omeruo defends Okoye

“Super Eagles AFCON exit wasn’t his fault”, Omeruo defends Okoye

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo said Maduka Okoye shouldn’t be made the scapegoat for Nigeria’s elimination from the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

 


Okoye came under heavy criticism from the fans, after his performance in the round of 16 clash against Tunisia.

 

The young goalkeeper failed to save Youssef Msakni’s straight shot, despite being in a very good position.

 

Omeruo has now defended goalkeeper, and believes, he wasn’t responsible for the defeat against Tunisia.

 

“He is not feeling fine right now but you know I said to him ‘Listen you’ve been amazing. It’s been a good tournament for you’,”

 

“Anybody can be beaten by that goal. It’s a good strike and also it wasn’t a clear situation, because we the defenders were in front of him as well, so that would distract his view as well.

 

“I wouldn’t say that goal was his fault at all, you know and one thing I do after such tournaments is I delete my social media because you find people who, some of them, don’t even know football.

 

“There is just anger because we are Nigerians and we want to win every game,” Omeruo told BBC Sport Africa.

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