Interim coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Austine Eguavoen says he was quoted out of context on the performance of Almeria striker Sadiq Umar.
The coach was quoted as saying that the Almeria striker doesn’t play to instructions after underperforming in his second appearance as a substitute at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Sadiq was introduced in the second half of Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Sudan just as he was as in the 1-0 win over Egypt. Eguavoen said he is a striker who will come good with time as he is still adapting to how he wants the team to play.
” I didn’t mean he doesn’t play to instructions. He is a cool, talented player who is yet to understand how I want the team to play. He is new to African football as he has player all of his football in Europe. When his adaptation is over he will bang goals for fun”, Eguavoen told OwnGoalNigeria.com.
Last season the 24 year old finished as top scorer in the Spanish second division with 20 goals from 40 games aside the six goals he scored at Partizan Belgrade before his move on transfer deadline day last season.
Already he has 8 goals this season from 19 games with Almeria aiming to secure promotion to the top flight where Sadiq is courted by several teams.