Nigeria head coach Austine Eguavoen has criticised Odion Ighalo and Emmanuel Dennis for not showing enough desire to represent the country at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Ighalo and Dennis were named in Nigeria’s 28-man squad for the competition, but their clubs refused to release them for the competition.
The Super Eagles will face the Pharaohs of Egypt in their opening game of the 2021 AFCON finals at the Stade Roumde Adjia, Garoua on Tuesday (today).
Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo has apologised to Nigerian fans for missing the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Ighalo was named in the Eagles’ final 28-man squad for this year’s edition which kicked off on Sunday.
However, Al Shabab refused to release Ighalo claiming his call-up from the Nigeria Football Federation arrived after the deadline.
And in a post published on Super Eagles Instagram handle on Monday, Ighalo confirmed he will not be part of the Eagles squad.
He begged Nigerians for missing the tournament but expressed confidence that the Eagles have the talent to go all the way to the final.