‘That’s Not Me’, Iheanacho Says As He Apologised For His Reaction When Substituted Against South Africa

Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has apologized for his rather unprofessional conduct when he was substituted in the Nigeria’s 0 – 2 loss to South Africa on Saturday.

The Manchester City forward sent his apologies to the coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr for his poor conduct after he was substituted in the match that saw the Eagles put on a dismal display.

Iheanacho was substituted for Olarewaju Kayode as Nigeria chased an equaliser. The forward strolled off the pitch slowly despite the Eagles trailing; he even had to be hurried off the pitch by a South African player.

He grudgingly shook the hand of Rohr before heading to the bench, where he angrily kicked at a water bottle while ranting.

The Manchester City forward has however sent his apologies to the coach for his poor conduct, expressing regrets for his actions which he linked to the frustration of playing poorly.

“I wish to apologise too for the way I reacted when I was substituted. I did it for myself because as a striker I should have at least got at least shot on target.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that. That’s why I was angry with myself. I wish to apologise to the manager, the coach and the Nigeria Football Federation for my action. That’s not me.

“For our next game, I believe we will come back stronger and better against Cameroon. I will improve my performance.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre