He caused Nigeria’s defeat to Tunisia – Julius Aghahowa slams goalkeeper Maduka Okoye

Published on: 24 January 2022

Former captain of the Nigeria national team, Julius Aghahowa has apportioned blame on goalkeeper Maduka Okoye for the Super Eagles defeat to Tunisia on Sunday evening.

Nigeria faced off with Tunisia in a Round 16 encounter of the ongoing 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon yesterday.

Despite pundits tipping the West African side to cruise to victory, the Carthage Eagles defied the odds to win 1-0 to eliminate Nigeria.

Speaking after the game, Julius Aghahowa who was left disappointed shared that Maduka Okoye caused the team when he failed to parry away the shot from Yousef Msakni.

“Okoye should have saved that ball because he saw the ball coming towards his direction,” the ex-Nigeria captain said.

He continued. “I am really disappointed and feel he should have done better. This was a game we didn’t deserve to lose at all. But it has happened and we have to accept our fate.”

After the AFCON exit, Nigeria must now prepare for a clash against Ghana in the playoff to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.