By Adeboye Amosu
Nigerian forward Tunde Adeniji has apologized to his teammates after he was sent off in his side’s Atyrau 2-0 loss to Almaty in a Kazakhstan Premier League game on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.
The former Sunshine Stars of Akure forward who linked up with Atyrau early this year after severing ties with Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia was sent-off in the second half of the encounter following a rash tackle on an opponent.
“We started the game well, we demonstrated at the start of the game that we were keen to get at least a point, but my red card changed everything. I have already apologized to my teammates”Adeniji told reporters after the game.
“However, I want to express my dissatisfaction with the centre referee. I accidentally touched an opponent in the fifth minute and he gave me a yellow card.
“I expected him to have walked up to me and warned me but instead, he gave me a yellow card. He was right with the second offence. I am disappointed because it is the first red card of my career.”
Atyrau will next face Ordabasy in the KPL and Adeniji who was a member of Nigeria’s home-based team to the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda will not be eligible to feature in the game following his dismissal but he expects his side to secure maximum points in the game.
“We played two difficult matches on the road, but now our next game is at home where we will enjoy the support of our fans,” he stated.
“I believe with the support of our fans we will beat Ordabasy. I failed my team as it was not easy to play with 10 men against 11 players but I have ask for forgiveness from them.”
Adeniji, who featured in Atyrau’s opening two games of the campaign, is yet to open his goals account since linking up with the club.
Atyrau have lost their opening two games of the campaign and sit in 11th position in the 12 team KPL table.