It was mixed feelings for Nigeria midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi as he watched his side grind out a 1-0 victory over Sudan in their African Nations Championship semi final clash in Marrakech.
Ifeanyi was sent off in the 58th minute after a second bookable offence, having been booked earlier in the 45th minutes.
After the pulsating encounter, the Akwa United midfielder in a chat with PageOne.ng expressed joy that his team finished the match victorious but regrets he will miss the final against hosts Morocco.
“I am really happy that we finally won the match,” Ifeanyi said. “I appreciate my team mates for fighting and seeing the match through after my red card.
“I feel very disappointed about the red card. If I can turn back the hands of time, I think I would.
“If you follow the match, you would see that we needed to cover more space at some point, so I tried to see how I could help the team which is why I am here in the first place. But unfortunately for me I got booked again for that challenge, and there was nothing I could do at that moment.
On the next match, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi opines that his side has what it takes to face the host in the final on Sunday.
“We have come very far. Look at how we started and where we are now, although we have not scored as much as we have created. I think anything is possible in the final against Morocco, who says we cannot hurt them on their home ground.”
Nigeria faces Morocco in the final on Sunday, February 4 in Casablanca while Libya and Sudan fight for third spot on Saturday, in Marrakech.