Ayegbeni- ‘Nigerians still send me messages’

May 11, 2020

The ex-Everton man has no regrets playing for the Super Eagles, though he feels stunned Nigerians won’t forget his miss against South Korea in 2010

Yakubu Ayegbeni says Nigerians are yet to forgive him for his miss against South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

After defeats to Argentina and Greece, Lars Lagerback’s men needed a win to qualify for the Round of 16, however, they could only secure a 2-2 at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The major talking point of the game was Ayegbeni’s unbelievable miss from three yards into an open goal, after rolling the effort wide with goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong completely beaten.

However, he redeemed himself after slotting in the Super Eagles’ leveller from the penalty spot after Kim Nam-Il’s clumsy tackle on Chinedu Obasi.

Ten years down the line, Ayegbeni revealed that Nigerians still send him messages to show their annoyance for that slip-up.

“I felt bad when I missed it but people still talk about it and are saying if I had scored, we should have gone to the next round,” the former Everton forward told Goal.

“Even if I scored, are we going to win the World Cup? That I am not sure of.

“They would write things like ‘I never forget o, I never forget the goal wey you miss o’ [I haven’t forgotten the goal you missed], ‘we no go forgive you o’ [we won’t forgive you], etc and I would be like wow.”

Even at that, ‘the Yak’ who is Nigeria’s third-highest all-time goalscorer with 21 goals from 57 caps, insists he has no regrets whatsoever because he was able to fulfill his childhood ambitions.

“I never let that affect me because I think only about the good memories,” he continued.

“Ten years in the national team was great and wearing the green and white jersey was an honor for me. I still watch some of my goals with my kids.

Source: Goal.com