USA TODAY: Nigeria Coach Raises Questions on Sadiq’s Real Sociedad Stint After Africa Cup Absence

Glory J. Adegbemiro
2 min readJan 18, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Nigeria's national team coach has raised eyebrows over the eligibility of one of their star players, Umar Sadiq, who recently featured for Real Sociedad despite missing the Africa Cup due to injury.

Sadiq, a talented striker, was initially ruled out of the Africa Cup, raising speculation about his playing status. However, the footballer made a swift return to action, featuring prominently for Real Sociedad. This has prompted the Nigeria coach to question the circumstances surrounding his absence from the national tournament and subsequent availability for his club.

The coach expressed concerns about the potential impact on team morale and questioned the transparency of the injury report. While the specifics of Sadiq's situation remain unclear, this incident highlights the challenges faced by national teams when their players are concurrently engaged in club competitions.

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Glory J. Adegbemiro

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