Following Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday, Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali apologised to the supporters.

Nigeria led by a goal through William Troost-Ekong’s header in the first half, but Franck Kessie equalised shortly after the hour mark after going unmarked at the back post from a set piece.Nine minutes from time, Simon Adingra’s dangerous cross was headed into the net by Sebastien Haller, giving the Ivorians the victory.

The 27-year-old, who made his AFCON debut in Ivory Coast, finished his first six games with four goals conceded and four clean sheets.

A depressing and annoying conclusion, Nwabali posted on his Instagram page. I apologise profusely to Nigerians.Nwabali, who won over supporters with his outstanding performances, also complimented Eagles supporters on their support during the competition.”

I understand how it feels to give you a disappointing night,” he said, referring to himself as a fan. We accept full accountability. I appreciate all of your help up until this point. I cherish each and every one of you.

Although Nigeria has won the AFCON three times, the giants of West Africa have now lost five finals: in 1984, 1988, 1990, 2000, and 2023.

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