Many Nigerians are still in shock and pains after the Nigerian Supers Eagles could not hold the Argentinians to a draw or at best grab a much needed win that would have ensured they qualify to the knock out stage of the world cup in Russia.
Many Ordinary Nigerians and some Celebrities as usual have taken to social media to vent their emotions about the outcome of the match. While Many have picked several offenders like the couch, Gernot Rohr who many believe did not make the right substitutions at the right time, some have picked the referee who in their opinion was bias and failed to award a penalty in favor of the Super Eagles, others have picked striker, Odion Ighalo for being wasteful.
Odion has however reacted to the loss by taking full responsibility. He wrote;
“I apologise to Nigeria. I apologise to my team mates,” Ighalo said.“I take responsibility for this game because if I had taken those chances I had that would have made it a different ball game now. But that is football and life has to continue.”
The Changchun Yatai’s captain expressed sadness for the ouster of the team from the World Cup.
“It’s a sad day for me, the boys and the country because we went out in a bad manner and we deserved more in the game,” he said.
“We had a penalty in the game and another one which the referee did not give.
“I missed a couple of chances that would have finished the game but that’s football because sometimes you win and sometimes to lose.”
Ighalo, however, stated that he is ready to take whatever criticism that is directed at him for the chance he lost to score the winning goal that would have seen Nigeria defeat Argentina for the first time in the World Cup.
“Nobody criticised me, it’s a teamwork. We are 23 players fighting for a single thing. Even if I am criticised, I’ll take it in good faith,” he said.
“Criticism is part of football because if you are not criticised you won’t do well. I am ready to take any criticism that will come upon me now and life has to go on. And we still have a better day ahead.
“I am very proud of the team today because we put up a good fight from the start to finish.”
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However, his wife seems not to be happy with the way and manner Nigerians have taken the defeat especially as they have fingered her husband in particular. In reply to a fan she refereed to them as ungrateful. Read their exchange below;