Erstwhile Niger Tornadoes midfielder Ayo Adetola has made a passionate appeal to fans of the club to forgive him and the entire team for not winning the 2019 Federation Cup title.
Adetola and two other players, Rueben Ogbonnaya and Mohammed Husaini all missed their penalty kicks and that gifted Kano Pillars their first-ever cup glory on Sunday in Kaduna, and the midfielder told Goal like his teammates, he was downcast by the sad end to what could have been a dream-come-true.
“I still can’t wrap my head around it but that is football for you, even the best players in the world lose penalty kicks,” Adetola told Goal in an exclusive interview.
“While I am not making any excuses for that painful miss, I want to apologise on behalf of myself and the whole team to all our fans who came in their numbers to support us in Kaduna and also to all the officials who were all pained that we are losing in the final again”
Tornadoes had done enough to hold Kano Pillars to a barren draw in regulation time before the game went straight into penalties.
Both teams scored three from their first five kicks and then it went into sudden death, it was at that point Adetola failed to score when Pillars had converted their earlier kick.
Unfortunately for Adetola, he would have no chance any time soon to redeem himself at Tornadoes as he was listed among the 11 players released by the club on Tuesday.