Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is disappointed with the team’s AFCON 2019 semifinal defeat to the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Completesports.com reports.
The Super Eagles’ hopes of winning a fourth continental title came to an end after they suffered a 2-1 loss to Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.
Gernot Rohr’s men were second best for most of the first half and conceded an own goal after William Troost-Ekong put Riyad Mahrez’s dangerous cross into his own net.
Ighalo restored parity for the Super Eagles from the spot in the 70th minute and with extra time approaching, Riyad Mahrez curled in a superb free-kick to put paid to the ambition of the Super Eagles.
‘It’s very tough for us to take. The way we lost the game against Algeria was disappointing. It’s sad to concede from a free-kick late in the game. Now, we have to look up to the third-place game,” Akpeyi who plays for South African side, Chippa United stated after the game.
“We don’t want to think about what people are saying about our performance. We really gave it our best shot. We started this competition among 24 teams and a lot of teams are back home in their countries.
“This team is still young and have a good chance to do well in future. I know in future things will get better.”
The Super Eagles will take on the Carthage Eagles of Algeria in the Third-place match on Wednesday at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.
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