The Super Eagles striker Sadiq Umar, who was substituted after 73 minutes in his team’s 2-0 victory over Osasuna, left Ivory Coast on Saturday after it was declared that he was not able to compete in the present African Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire.
During their pre-African Nations Cup preparations, Sadiq Umar took a knock in a friendly match between the Nigeria senior men’s national team and a club in the United Arab Emirates.
However, the Super Eagles doctor examined him and ruled him out of action for three weeks.
Paul Onuachu took Sadiq’s place, and he was forced to leave camp on Saturday, January 13, 2024, the day the African Nations Cup got underway.
In contrast to the medical report provided by the Super Eagles’ medical staff, the player was used by Real Sociedad, his Spanish club, in Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey triumph over Osasuna.
In Real Sociedad’s 2-0 victory, the Nigerian replaced André Silva in the 73rd minute.
The NFF had earlier in the week released a statement refuting conspiracy rumours surrounding the Super Eagles and reiterating that Sadiq Umar’s medical matter was handled with the utmost professionalism.