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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen reveals who to blame for Super Eagles’ exit

Iwobi red card vs Tunisia

Interim coach of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has slammed the performance of Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye, who officiated their round of 16 defeat at the 2021 AFCON.

Nigeria suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Sunday.

Youssef Msakni’s strike from outside the box proved to be the winning goal.

Msakni’s goal was not the only talking point of the game, though, as Nigeria also had Alex Iwobi sent off five minutes after coming on.

Initially, Ndiaye awarded the Everton man a yellow card but changed his decision following a VAR review. And speaking after the game, Eguavoen criticised the controversial Senegalese referee, saying some of his calls were wrong.

“Iwobi’s red card, I don’t think it was,” Eguavoen said at his post-match press conference as per Modo.

“It was the first foul, and it wasn’t intentional, but we have to look at the VAR later and see.”

“However, first offence, I don’t think it was a red card. It wasn’t dangerous play.

“The boys fought, officiating wasn’t fair.”

Eguavoen was also critical of the referee’s decision to blow fouls in favour of Nigeria when he could have played an advantage.

“And then right in his face, I can see one of the most gentlemen in the team, Wilfred Ndidi, got marched and right in the face of the referee, Ndidi complained.”

“But having said that, we gain advantage to move on and breakaway, and then he recalls it and gives us fouls.”

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