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John Ogu apologises over #EndSARS outburst

Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu has tendered an unreserved apology to Nigerians over his recent call for the senior national team to boycott Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers when he joined the #EndSARS protest against police brutality.

Speaking on World Football show on BBC World Service radio, Ogu, who is back in Lagos having left Saudi Arabian club Al-Adalah in September said: “What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?

“How can I go to the national team to represent my country, to represent the government and the people when I think of the lost souls of those who have been killed? Boycotting the AFCON qualifier in November would ‘make a statement’ in the protest the government,” he said then.

He has however admitted he crossed the line by asking players to boycott the AFCON qualifier.

He said: “I want to sincerely apologise to Nigerians, Nigeria Football Federation, players of the Super Eagles , both past and present and even those dream to wear the green and white jersey that I wore with great pride and honour.

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He recalled that his comments were informed by the “heat of the moment from a place of pain, frustration and anger for the shooting of harmless, flag carrying and National anthem singing Nigerians at the Lekki toll gate.

“I admit that I crossed lines , by asking players to boycott the AFCON qualifiers.

He further added that “football is the strongest unifying force in Nigeria as he had in the past honoured all National team invitations with delight knowing fully well that it has the potency to bring joy to Nigerians.

Like Ogu, Odion Ighalo of Manchester United was also seen in a video which went viral blaming the Political leaders in the country for the misfortunes that have befallen the Nation.

The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick had also waved off the effects of Ogu’s boycott suggestion as Super Eagles prepared for a doubleheader AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone.

The Super Eagles will host their opponent in Edo early next month before travels to Sierra Leone for the return leg.


John Ogu apologises over #EndSARS outburst


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