AFCON 2023: Super Eagles medical team clears the air on Sadiq Umar's situation
There has been controversy as it concerns the fitness of Sadiq Umar, who was left out of the 25-man list for the Super Eagles at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Ivory Coast.
The medical team of the Super Eagles have explained in a statement why the midfielder was not part of the team that went to the competition
What did the Super Eagles medical team say?
"We are surprised at the news trending on social media concerning Sadiq Umar and how he was withdrawn from the team camp. The fact is that our medical team meticulously abided by the best medical procedures and were diligent in their processes and conclusions before advising Head Coach José Peseiro that the player be withdrawn from the squad.
The player, Sadiq Umar, was okay when he arrived at camp; he had to undergo the standard pre-competition medical assessment and he was good. He started to train with the team. Unfortunately, he copped an injury on the back of his left knee during our friendly match against Guinea in Abu Dhabi on 8th January, that led to a penalty against our opponents. The medical team advised that he be substituted, as a cautionary measure, but he said he was fine and could continue the game. At half-time, he reiterated that he was good to continue playing, and he played the entire 90 minutes.
The statement continued,
Umar has been training with his team for a couple of days and has been cleared to be in the match-day squad for Real Sociedad.