In response to criticism over the handling of Umar Sadiq’s injury, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has staunchly defended the Super Eagles’ medical team.
The Real Sociedad striker was sidelined from Nigeria’s squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations following an injury during a 2-0 friendly defeat to Guinea.
Despite an initial prognosis of three weeks on the sidelines, Sadiq was spotted training with Real Sociedad on Monday, sparking doubts about the competence of the medical team.
The NFF countered these concerns, affirming the team’s professionalism in a statement, emphasizing that the medical procedures were closely followed.
The statement clarified that Sadiq was actively involved in the decision-making process, and the medical team ensured he commenced rehabilitation before returning to his club in Spain.
The NFF also urged the public to refrain from unfounded conspiracy theories surrounding the incident.