Nigeria’s national team goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has come under great criticism after conceding a goal against Tunisia in the African Cup of Nation, AFCON 2021 round of 16.
Naija News reports that Tunisia on Sunday night kicked Nigeria out of the ongoing African football tournament in Cameroon after holding the Super Eagles down with an early second-half goal.
Nigeria’s hope of returning an equalizer and hopefully qualifying to the next round of the tournament was, however, watered down after Alex Iwobi who came in in the second half of the game got a red card booking and was sent off.
Super Eagles’ 22-year-old goalkeeper has, however, received most of the backlash that followed the loss as some Nigerians believe he could have saved the ball he conceded to the opponent.
Okoye was blamed and accused of being lackadaisical about the game.
Naija News understands that Okoye is an international player. He currently keeps for Sparta Rotterdam on loan from Premier League club Watford.
While many people have taken to social media to hurl insults at the young talent, it will be good to also watch some of Okoye’s brilliant saves for his club side.
Watch Maduka Okoye in action below:
Meanwhile, Nigerian interim coach Austin Eguavoen has denied reports of his resignation after the elimination of the Super Eagles from the African Cup of Nations.
Naija News reports that the Super Eagles lost in a match against Tunisia with Youssef Msakni scoring the winning goal in the second half.
Eguaveon, who is the technical director at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), took over from Gernot Rohr after he was sacked four weeks before the tournament began.
In an interview with BBC sports, Eguaveon stated that he will still be maintaining his position as the team’s interim coach.
He said: “I came here as an interim manager because of what’s been played out.
“Our former coach was relieved of his duties and it was just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations.
“As technical director, anywhere in the world that is what is obtainable.
“If there is a vacancy, it is the technical director that steps in before a new coach is appointed. So that’s why you see me taking this role and an interim man.
“Some of our journalists sometimes they change words, which is not too good. But we will manage it.”