Former Nigeria international Ike Shorunmu has revealed how he contributed to the Super Eagles missing out in the final of the Mali 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Eagles lost 2-1 to Senegal after extra-time in a tempestuous encounter which saw three players sent off (Ifeanyi Udeze and Julius Aghahowa for the Eagles).
Shorunmu, who was in goal for the clash against Senegal, had suffered a head injury in the quarter-finals against Ghana.
With the game against the Teranga Lions tied at 1-1, a harmless strike from Salif Diao in first half extra-time bubbled past Shorunmu which turned out to be the winner.
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And reflecting on the game, Shorunmu said playing down the injury against Ghana came back to affect his performance in the semi-finals and eventually contributed to the Eagles’ loss.
“Back then, in Mali we had a lot of senior players and something happened, firstly, I…
Source: Complete Sports