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AFCON 2021: Nigeria deserved more – Iwobi breaks silence

Iwobi red card vs Tunisia

Everton forward, Alex Iwobi, has publicly apologised to fans after they suffered early elimination from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria could not get past the Round of 16 after losing 1-0 to Tunisia at Roumde Adjia Stadium on Sunday.

It was Youssef Msakni who notched the all-important goal in the 47th minute to end the Super Eagles’ fairy tale run in the competition. The 25-year-old Iwobi, who currently features for Everton in the Premier League, was also red-carded seven minutes after coming on by Senegal referee Maguette N’Diaye.

“Moments of joy can quickly turn into pain and anguish. As much as it’s a part of football, we came for more,” Iwobi wrote on his Instagram. “Our fans, who shared these moments with us both in Cameroon and across the world, deserved more.

“The beauty of the game is the next moment of jubilation is never too far around the corner. We will be back to fight for our nation, stronger. We owe it to you, and I owe it to myself.

“Thank you for all the words of support and encouragement – It doesn’t go unnoticed.”

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