Tearful Nwabali apologises to Nigerian fans after AFCON final agony

Stanley Nwabali in tears after the defeat to Ivory Coast. (Photo Credit: Nwabali/IG)

Tearful Nwabali apologises to Nigerian fans after AFCON final agony

Izuchukwu Akawor 10:06 - 12.02.2024

Stanley Nwabali was helpless for the Nigeria Super Eagles against Cote d'Ivoire in the AFCON 2023.

An emotional Stanley Nwabali tearfully apologised to Nigerians after the Super Eagles suffered a painful defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON 2023.

Pulse Sports Nigeria reports that Nwabali watched helplessly as the Elephants defeated the Super Eagles 2-1 in the final on Sunday night.

Nwabali apologises to Nigerians

The goalkeeper posted a video on social media taking responsibility for the defeat that saw the Ivorians overturn William Troost-Ekong's powerful opener through Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller. 

A distraught Nwabali was brought to tears reflecting on the disappointment of Nigerian supporters.

Stanley Nwabali
Can Stanley Nwabali || Image Credit: Imago Stanley Nwabali

“A disappointing and frustrating end,” Nwabali stated in a post moments after the heartbreak on his Instagram account.

"I deeply apologize to Nigerians. I was once a fan, still a fan and I understand how it feels giving you a disappointing night," the AFCON 2023 revelation added. 

Stanley Nwabali looked distraught after the defeat.
Stanley Nwabali looked distraught after the defeat. (Photo Credit: Nwabali/IG)

Despite praising fans for their support, a crestfallen Nwabali was left ruing a painful end to Nigeria's AFCON campaign. His outpouring of emotions underlined the deep sorrow after the Super Eagles agonizingly missed out on continental glory.

In what was a sad climax for Jose Peseiro and his men, Nwabali conceded more than one goal for the first time in the competition.

The Chippa United was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper in the 34th AFCON. 

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