By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles forward, Sone Aluko, has said he is not a happy man despite hitting both goals in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with South Africa in the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
Nigeria went down 2-0 before Aluko came off the bench to level up and save the country from falling to the Bafana Bafana for the first time in a competitive match. But those goals could not help the team book a ticket to the tournament.
Incidentally, Wednesday was the first time the Hull City winger would score for the country since he got full international call-up in 2012.
Aluko rued the fact that what should have been a proud moment for him sadly turned to a nightmare because the team failed to grab the three points that would have qualified them for the 2015 AFCON.
He said he would have been on cloud nine if the Eagles had won the match but he could not believe that they would struggle as much as they did.
“Ordinarily, this should have been a proud moment for me, scoring my first international goals, but as you can see, I can’t celebrate because they were not good enough to qualify Nigeria for the Nations Cup.
“We wanted to qualify, we fought for ourselves but I can’t say what really happened,” Aluko said.
Aluko continued on Twitter: “Thanks for the support in Uyo. As for the two goals, wow, a realisation of a dream. Wish I could enjoy them properly.
The left-footed star further apologised to Nigerians for the failure of the team to make it to Equatorial Guinea.
”What can I say than to tell Nigerians to forgive us?,” he pleaded. “We love them, we appreciate their support for this team, but we let them down. I will urge them to leave behind this pain and look forward to the future.”
The Eagles will not be in action till March 2015 at the earliest.