English Premiership

Iheanacho apologises for angry outburst

Kelechi Iheanacho (Getty Images)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho has apologised after reacting angrily to his substitution during the 2-0 defeat to South Africa on Saturday.

The Manchester City man was replaced with Olanrewaju Kayode while the Super Eagles were hunting an equaliser, and did not react positively to the decision.

The 20-year-old gave head coach Gernot Rohr a begrudging handshake before kicking a water bottle and venting his frustrations once he took his seat on the bench.

“I wish to apologize too for the way I reacted when I was substituted. I did it for myself because as a striker I should have at least got a shot on target," he said, according to Leadership.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that. That’s why I was angry with myself. I wish to apologize to the manager, the coach and the Nigeria Football Federation for my action. That’s not me.

“For our next game, I believe we will come back stronger and better against Cameroon. I will improve my performance.”