Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has apologised to Nigerian fans over the team’s loss in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Nigerian side surrendered a one-goal lead to hosts Ivory Coast in Sunday’s final, slumping 1-2 to the Elephants.
After the match, Nwabali described the defeat as a “frustrating end,” saying the team would take full responsibility for the loss.
He, however, thanked the nation for its support throughout the tournament.
“A disappointing and frustrating end 😞. I deeply apologise to Nigerians. I was once a fan, still a fan and I understand how it feels giving you a disappointing night.
“We take full responsibility. Thanks for the whole support till the end. I love you all,” he wrote on his Instagram handle.
Nigeria’s coach Jose Peseiro also echoed similar thoughts as Nwabali, admitting that the Ivorian team were better than the Super Eagles on Sunday night.
“Ivory Coast were better than us today,” Peseiro admitted in a post-match interview. “I am sad, my team is sad, but for me they did the maximum, each one. Sometimes you want to do something but you cannot do it.”