Emmanuel Emenike showed his furious side immediately after Nigeria lost 2-3 to Congo in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on Saturday.
The striker was sur
prisingly omitted from the starting line-up as the Super Eagles began their march towards successfully defending the Afcon crown won in exhilarating fashion in 2013.
After the final whistle at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar Emenike ignored journalists in the mixed zoned.
He then delivered a foul-mouthed tirade and smashed a water bottle on the floor as he stormed into the changing rooms.
Most of the Nigerian players refused to speak to the press after the game as they trudged on with long faces to the changing rooms.
Scorer of Nigeria’s second goal, Gbolahan Salami however spoke very briefly about his strike and the result.
“I feel happy and sad. I am happy I scored but sad that we lost,” he told supersport.com.
Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi blamed his players for the loss and accused them of showboating rather than go for the kill after taking an early lead.
“We didn’t play our game. After the goal, we started playing to the gallery and we didn’t play with aggression,” Keshi said.
Nigeria must now dust themselves and improve quickly ahead of their next game against South Africa next Wednesday.
The Super Eagles currently sit in third place of Group A of 2015 Afcon qualifier with only a better goals difference ensuring they sit ahead of bottom-placed Sudan on the standings.