Nigeria’s head coach, Jose Peseiro, expressed confusion over Umar Sadiq’s rapid recovery from injury, allowing him to play for Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey just days after being ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations. Sadiq, initially sidelined for approximately three weeks, surprised everyone by coming off the bench in Sociedad’s 2-0 victory over Osasuna.
Peseiro stated his bewilderment, saying, “I’m also confused… I saw the report from the medical test that he’s injured and that he cannot recover in 15 days, at least, or more time.” Despite the surprise, Peseiro emphasized there was no suspicion regarding Sadiq’s exit from the national team, expressing both happiness for his recovery and sadness for missing his contribution.
Sadiq’s astonishing recovery contradicted the initial prognosis that saw him replaced by Paul Onuachu in Nigeria’s AFCON squad. While Sociedad progressed to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Nigeria faced a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in their opening group game. The coach’s confusion adds intrigue as Nigeria strives for success in the continental tournament.