Hints over Sadiq Umar’s injury is fake news’

Edwin  - CEO January 15, 2024
Updated 2024/01/17 at 1:44 AM
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Sadiq Umar
Sadiq Umar

NFF: Our medical team approached Sadiq Umar’s case with every sense of professionalism



By Rasheed Adewuyi


The camp of Nigeria’s senior men’s football team, Super Eagles has decried reports in the media that have continued to garnish the medical case of Spain-based forward Sadiq Umar with conspiracy theories, incorrect assumptions, and unbecoming insinuations. The camp released a statement regarding how the player was withdrawn from Nigeria’s squad for the 34th Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cote d’Ivoire.


We are surprised at the news trending on social media concerning Sadiq Umar and how he was withdrawn from the team camp. Our medical team meticulously abided by the best medical procedures and were diligent in their processes and conclusions before advising Head Coach José Peseiro that the player be withdrawn from the squad.


The player, Sadiq Umar, was okay when he arrived at camp; he had to undergo the standard pre-competition medical assessment, and it was good. He started to train with the team. Unfortunately, he copped an injury on the back of his left knee during our friendly match against Guinea in Abu Dhabi on 8th January, which led to a penalty against our opponents. The medical team advised that he substituted as a cautionary measure, but he said he was fine and could continue the game. At half-time, he reiterated that he was good to continue playing, and he played the entire 90 minutes.


However, the following day, he woke up to see the knee swelling, and the medical team had to apply ice, which is the usual thing. The same day, we had to travel to Lagos, and on the 10th of January, we flew to Abidjan. Then, the swelling became worse.


Most of the reports we have seen do not accurately represent what happened. We have a very competent medical team that is well-trained in sport and exercise medicine, experienced, and exposed to the most modern techniques and practices. They followed all due processes and protocols in tandem with the consultant knee surgeon that the player himself contacted in Spain before the decision was made in the interest of the nation and the player’s career.


As much as the medical team has refused to join issues with anyone due to their professional patience and privacy policy, we will not allow anyone to rubbish our collective responsibility as Team Nigeria to this Africa Cup of Nations championship. We reiterate that the player was carried along throughout the process, and he started his rehabilitation with the team physiotherapist before he returned to his club in Spain.   


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