Players of Nigeria’s national team, Super Eagles have asked for forgiveness from Nigerians following their failure to make it to Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Vice-Captain of the team, William Troost-Ekong, on behalf of the team, apologised for their lacklustre performance against the Black Stars of Ghana.
The Super Eagles forced the Ghanaians to a 1-1 draw at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, on Tuesday night after an earlier goalless draw in Kumasi on Friday.
The result meant the exit of Nigeria from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later in the year, bringing disappointment to most Nigerian football enthusiasts and fans.
Troost-Ekong posted the apology message on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday.
“To all Nigerians, on behalf of the team, we want to apologise for not securing the World Cup ticket.
“Despite giving it everything possible, it wasn’t meant to be.
“First and foremost, as Nigerians, we share your emotions and we take our responsibility as a group.
“We sincerely thank the Nigerian fans for their overwhelming support, the NFF President who did everything possible to make the qualification happen and of course the Minister.
“A bitter pill to swallow, but believe me we will be back better and stronger,” the post read on Facebook.
Fans had trooped in their numbers to the venue of the match to show support for the Super Eagles for Nigeria to secure the ticket to play at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The federal and football-loving Nigerians had given out purchased bulk tickets to fans to mobilise support for the Super Eagles during their disappointing Tuesday’s game.