Super Eagles team striker Chisom Chikatara and goalkeeper Okiemute Marshall Odah have tendered their sincere apologies to soccer loving Nigerians following their early exit from the ongoing African Nations Championship tournament in Rwanda.
The Eagles who finished third during the 2014 edition in South Africa under coach Stephen Keshi failed to get past the group stage despite leading the Group C log before the woeful performance against Guinea that ensured their ouster from the competition.
Speaking to 366football.com on their return from Rwanda, the Eagles duo who expressed shock at their early exit called on Nigerians to be forgiving as they hope to make things up by ensuring the country qualifies for the 2017 AFCON championship.
“I really dont have much to say. But on behalf of of my team mates and everybody, i want to use this medium to apologize to Nigerians. We dont really know what went wrong but our expectations were very high and we believed we would bring the trophy back home but it is quite unfortunate that we didnt make it. We are really sorry. I believe we did our best but it appears the luck wasnt on our side but i think we did everything.” Odah told 366football.com
“We were top of the table before we lost the last game I think God knows best because noboby knows what would have happened negatively to us if we had won that game. So i think God has the final say in every situation.
“We all played to win and before the game, we had worked hard, took every details of the coach’s plan seriously but i am shocked that we lost to Guinea. I dont know what to say but i would like to ask Nigerians to please forgive us. We never planned to fail them.” Chikatara told 366football.com