May 24, 2024

The debate surrounding Real Sociedad forward Sadiq Umar’s injury has been further clarified by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) For the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Umar pulled out of the Super Eagles squad due to an ailment that would keep him out of play for at least three weeks.

However, a video of the striker working out alone on Monday after returning to Spain went popular on social media, prompting criticism of the NFF among Nigerians.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the NFF media department stated that Umar’s medical team was treated with the utmost professionalism.

“The camp of Nigeria’s senior men’s football team, the Super Eagles, has denounced reports in certain sections of the media that have persisted in smearing forward Sadiq Umar, who is based in Spain, with medical details that are not appropriate,” the statement said.

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Regarding the player’s removal from Nigeria’s team for the 34th Africa Cup of Nations finals, which are now taking place in Cote d’Ivoire, the camp has issued a statement.The story that is now spreading on social media about Sadiq Umar and his removal from the team camp has us taken aback.

“The truth is that before recommending that the player be removed from the team, our medical staff carefully followed the best medical practices and were thorough in their thinking and conclusions.”

According to the NFF, Umar was cleared to enter camp after completing the required pre-competition medical examination. He began working out with the group.

Regretfully, on January 8, during the Super Eagles’ friendly match against Guinea in Abu Dhabi, he suffered an injury to the back of his left knee, which resulted in a penalty against their opponents.

The medical staff recommended that he be replaced as a precaution, the NFF reported, but he insisted that he was okay and could play on.

He played the full 90 minutes of the friendly match, which the Super Eagles defeated 2-0, and reiterated at halftime, according to Nigeria’s football regulatory body.
But when he awoke the next morning, the swelling in his knee was still there, and the medical staff had to provide ice, as is customary.

The Nigerian contingent had to fly to Lagos that same day, and on January 10th, they took a plane to Abidjan. The swelling then got worse.
The NFF said, “The majority of the reports we have seen are not a true representation of what actually happened.”

Our medical staff is extremely skilled, highly experienced, and trained in sport and exercise medicine. They are also exposed to the newest methods and procedures.

“They followed all the correct procedures and guidelines, working with the knee surgeon specialist that Umar personally contacted in Spain, before making the choice that was best for the country and the player’s career.

“Although the medical team has declined to discuss matters with anyone because of their professional discretion and privacy policy, we as Team Nigeria will not permit anyone to minimize our joint accountability for winning this Africa Cup of Nations championship.”

Additionally, the NFF has reaffirmed that Umar was, in fact, assisted throughout the procedure.

It further stated that before going back to his Spanish club, the 26-year-old began his recuperation under the supervision of the Super Eagles’ physical therapist.

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