Super Eagles Star Sadiq Umar Sets Record Straight on Injury and AFCON 2023 Absence

Super Eagles Star Sadiq Umar Sets Record Straight on Injury and AFCON 2023 Absence

Following Nigeria’s thrilling victory over Ivory Coast in the ongoing AFCON 2023 tournament, striker Sadiq Umar has addressed concerns surrounding his departure and absence from the national team before the competition.

Super Eagles Star Sadiq Umar Sets Record Straight on Injury and AFCON 2023 Absence

Umar, a beloved figure among Nigerian football fans, faced accusations of feigning injury to miss the tournament, Footballrover reports.

Addressing these concerns head-on, Umar released a statement brimming with patriotism and clarity.

“Firstly,” Umar emphasised, “my love for Africa and Nigeria is undeniable. Representing this nation is an immense privilege.”

He then proceeded to provide a detailed account of the events leading up to his departure.

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During the pre-tournament friendly against Guinea, Umar sustained a heavy knock from two defenders while winning a penalty for Nigeria.

Despite medical advice to be substituted, the determined striker opted to finish the game.

“However,” he elaborated, “by the next day, my knee had swollen significantly.”

A thorough examination by the Super Eagles’ medical team revealed a meniscus injury, leading to the management’s difficult decision to replace Umar in the squad.

“It was based on uncertainty surrounding my fitness for the tournament,” Umar explained, demonstrating understanding of the decision.

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Upon returning to his club, Real Sociedad, further scans revealed a less severe diagnosis—a mere bruise. As a result, Umar was quickly cleared to resume training.

While expressing disappointment at missing the tournament, Umar’s focus remains firmly on the team’s success.

“I’m immensely proud of the Eagles’ victory,” he declared, sending his “best wishes” for their continued progress.

Umar concluded by reiterating his dedication to the national team.

Representing Nigeria is always my priority. The door is always open, and I’m ready to serve whenever called upon,” he affirmed.

This statement from Umar sheds light on the situation surrounding his AFCON absence, offering fans transparency and reaffirming his commitment to the Super Eagles.

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As Nigeria marches on in the tournament, one thing is clear: Sadiq Umar remains a passionate and dedicated member of the national team, ready to contribute whenever his country needs him.

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