Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakin said he did not know why he did not award the penalty for the handball of Argentine defender, Marcus Rojo, for Nigeria on Tuesday evening, according to Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi.
Mikel said the referee admitted that the ball touched the hand of Marcos Rojo in the 82nd minute of Tuesday’s game but he put up a defense in not awarding the crucial spot-kick.
The penalty, if awarded and scored at a time the match was 1-1, could have wrapped up a second round ticket for the Eagles.
Speaking at the post-match briefing in St Petersburg, Mikel said: “I asked the referee if he thought the ball struck Rojo’s hand and he said ‘yes;. The referee told me that the ball came off Rojo’s head before it hit his hand.”
Mikel added: ”I then asked Cakur why he didn’t award the penalty to Nigeria, he said: ‘I don’t know.’ That was sad because we checked the match video in the dressing room and it was a clear penalty kick.
“When the ball touches your hand in the penalty box, it’s a penalty. No two ways about that. Maybe he didn’t want to give us the second penalty. It is sad we had to exit the competition this way.
Speaking about his future with the national team, Mikel said he would be most delighted to lead the boys going further into the future.
I’m happy playing with this bunch of players. I expect them to grow into a great side and I think this team would make a good impression in the next four years. They are good boys with bright future,” he said.
“Of course, we did everything we could; we pushed and pushed to get the goal but it was not to be.
“We want to thank all Nigerians for their support; we have to keep going.”
Odion Igahlo becomes 1st Nigerian player to sign for Man United
Odion Ighalo has finally ended speculation after completing a six-month loan with an option to buy with Premier League giants Man United.
The former Super striker was on hand to finish an agreement with the Premier League giants few minutes before the winter transfer window ended.
It will now be United’s second top signing during the window after landing Portuguese midfielder from Sporting Lisbon for a fee reported to be around £68million.
The 30-year-old will now be the first Nigerian to sign a contract with United with John Mikel Obi being the closest to have completed a move to Old Trafford in 2005.
Super Eagles legend joins top Italian side from Premier League giants
Ighalo who had vast experience with another top division club Watford will now fill in the void in for injured Marcus Rashford in the Red Devils’ attack.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been plagued with injury problems with stars including Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Rashford.
Ighalo had a successful three-year spell with Watford after joining the Hornets from Granada in 2014 on an initial loan deal.
He then helped the Vicarage Road outfit gain to promotion into he top flight division in his his first season at the club.
Ighalo went on to replicate his form in the Championships in his Premier League debut season, scoring 15 goals.
Things did not go well with the Nigerian in 2016/17 campaign under Walter Mazzari, managing to score just once.
The 30-year-old then left for the Chinese Super League to join Changchun Yatai for £20million before switching to Shenhua in 2019.
Chelsea ‘Close’ To Jadon Sancho Deal
Report claims that Chelsea who are closest to winning the race for his signature, Jadon Sancho the Borussia Dortmund player who is intending to leave Germany.
Chelsea have been linked with the teenager as they remain on the hunt for a replacement for Eden Hazard.
According to The Sun, Chelsea fans were sent into hysteria after reading, which leads with the claim that the Blues are ‘close’ to sealing a blockbuster deal for Sancho, but then things start to get a bit strange.
Chelsea are ‘ready’ to get the teenager in the club, despite being close to completing the entire deal.
It is said to be a club-record £120m deal, with the certainty in the report slipping away with every sentence.
Club owner Roman Abramovich is said to be ready to back Frank Lampard with a marquee transfer like Sancho, but Dortmund want to hold on to him until the end of the season.
Bayern Munich Face €300m Transfer Decision Over Three Players
Bayern Munich will choose on who to sign between Philippe Coutinho or Kai Havertz next summer in other to complete a deal for Man City winger Leroy Sané.
Before the start of the season, The Rekordmeister were so close in signing man city winger Leroy sane before going on a long-term injury. Which made them sign Ivan Perisic and Coutinho.
The club are looking to spend €300m on two new marquee players and Sané looks the most likely to be at the top of their wishlist.
The problem for Bayern Munich is that there are two more names on their transfer wishlist for next year; Coutinho and Havertz.
Bayern Munich could afford to sign two of their three targets, a decision has to be made between signing Coutinho or Havertz.
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