Following Nigeria’s painful defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON 2023 final, goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has offered a heartfelt apology to Nigerians, expressing his deep regret over the disappointing outcome of the match.
Nwabali, who was visibly emotional, took to social media to express his remorse after witnessing the Super Eagles fall short against the Elephants in a hard-fought encounter that ended in a 2-1 defeat for Nigeria.
In a poignant video message posted on his Instagram account, Nwabali tearfully accepted responsibility for the defeat, acknowledging the immense disappointment felt by Nigerian fans. He expressed his understanding of their frustration and assured them of his heartfelt apology.
“A disappointing and frustrating end,” Nwabali lamented in his post, reflecting on the sorrowful conclusion to Nigeria’s AFCON campaign. “I deeply apologize to Nigerians. I was once a fan, still a fan, and I understand how it feels giving you a disappointing night,” he added, conveying his empathy towards the fans’ disappointment.
Despite commending the unwavering support of the fans, Nwabali’s anguish was evident as he grappled with the pain of falling short in the final moments of the tournament. His emotional outpouring underscored the profound sense of sorrow and regret felt by the entire Super Eagles team following their defeat.
The loss marked a poignant moment for Nwabali, who had been a stalwart presence in Nigeria’s journey throughout the AFCON 2023 tournament. As the first-choice goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, Nwabali had played a crucial role in their campaign, making his anguish over the defeat all the more palpable.