FAILING to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations was bad enough at the time for Sone Aluko.
But the past couple of weeks have really brought home to the 25-year-old just how much Nigeria are missing out after being knocked out in the qualifiers for one of world football’s highlights.
Aluko, a veteran of previous tournaments, has caught as many games as possible on television and he admits it has been a frustrating experience.
However, it is also one that he intends using in Hull City’s fight against relegation from the Premier League.
“Watching the African Nations has been like watching the Premier League before you play in it,” said Aluko, who scored both goals as Nigeria crashed out of the qualifiers with a 2-2 draw against South Africa.
“You just wish you could be there. It is awful to miss out and that is how we will all feel if Hull are not in the Premier League next season.
“If you taste something, to have it taken away from you is painful. That is one of the worst things that can happen in your life.”