New Super Eagles left-back Stanley Amuzie has revealed that a knock to his ankle was responsible for his substitution against Egypt before apologizing to Nigerian fans following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
The Samson Siasia led side lost 1-0 to the Pharaohs of Egypt courtesy a lone strike by Ramadhan Sobhy which effectively ruled Nigeria out of the biennial tournament for the second consecutive time.
The Olhanense of Portugal defender was replaced at half-time by Elderson Echiejile and many thought it was for tactical reasons but he has revealed that his substitution was due to a knock he picked up during the first half of the game.
“I was substituted during the game at half-time due to a little knock on my ankle,” he wrote on his official Facebook page. “We wished the result could’ve turned out differently but God knows best. We are so sorry and promise to get it right again.”
He added: “I thank you all for the support and prayers even though we didn’t qualify. We are sorry and looking up to a bigger one ahead.”
Group G was left with three teams after Chad withdrew and the victory of Egypt over the Super Eagles gave them the sole ticket in Group G over Nigeria and Tanzania.