“My Season Was Up And Down But No Regrets Playing In AFCON” – Aina
1,424 total views, 6 views today
By Our Correspondent
Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina has admitted that his 2021/2022 Serie A season with his Italian side, Torino was full of ups and downs but disclosed that he had no regrets playing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Cameroon, bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
The former Chelsea defender made just five appearances from a possible 16 after returning from the continental showpiece in Cameroon where Nigeria was eliminated in the Round of 16 following a 1-0 defeat against Tunisia
“My season was up and down. The first half from August before I left for the AFCON was okay, a few good performances and some things in those games I think were quite nice as well,”
“And then after the AFCON things really slowed up for me.
“I wasn’t being selected in the starting XI and playing games wasn’t free-flowing as prior, but I have no regrets whatsoever.”
“I don’t think it’s difficult because if it was a tournament for the Europeans to go to, I don’t think it will be a problem for anyone to go to.
“The next World Cup [in Qatar] is happening during the season and everyone is stopping because it’s the World Cup – it’s an international tournament and there’s no problem with that,” he said.
On his future in Serie A, the former Fulham player remained coy despite reported interests from Premier League clubs, Crystal Palace and Leeds United.
“We’ll see what the future holds, and hopefully whatever team it is or whether I stay at Torino, they will understand that the African Cup of Nations and playing for my country is a big part of my career and life, so I will be hoping to continue to play for Nigeria without any problems,” he told BBC