Ola Aina Reveals Real Reason Why He Didn’t Make Super Eagles Matchday Squad Against South Africa


On loan Chelsea defender Ola Aina was conspicuously missing from the matchday squad of the Super Eagles yesterday in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers tie which ended 1-1 in Johannesburg.


Aina was widely expected to keep his spot at right back owing to his fine form for Italian Serie A side Torino but Samuel Kalu was preferred to him as right wing-back in coach Gernot Rohr 3-5-2 formation for yesterday game.

His total omission from the matchday squad sparked further questions and the 23 year old has revealed that a knock picked up in the final training session ahead of the game ruled him out of the game.

Aina told Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent in South Africa shortly after the game during a conversation on why he missed out on a spot in the matchday squad.

He was however involved in the post match celebration as the draw secures Nigeria a spot in next year Africa Cup of Nations. A tournament he is already looking forward to after missing the World Cup 2018 in Russia.