Super Eagles player John Ogu has apologized for calling on his colleagues to boycott AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November.
Ogu had demanded that the double headers be boycotted following the shooting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 night which led to several lost lives and injuries.
The former Hapoel Beer Sheva star took to social media to state that “politicians should ask their children to represent the Super Eagles in the next upcoming games”.
The 32-year-old has now tendered an apology for his comments on Wednesday via his verified twitter handle.
“I want to sincerely apologise to Nigerians, the Nigerian Football Federation and the players of the Super Eagles, both past and present and even those dreaming to wear the green and white jersey that I wore with great pride and honour,” the statement read.
“My comments about the Super Eagles boycotting the AFCON qualifiers, was said in the heat of the moment from a place of pain, frustration and anger for the shooting of harmless, flag carrying and national anthem singing Nigerians, at the Lekki toll gate,” the statement read in part.
Ogu added that: “I wish that my comments that were spoken out of anger and pain would not cause more division in our football and even at a time such as this that the nation needs to pull together. Thank you.”