Rotherham United of England utility player, Semi Ajayi has declared that he is not holding any ill feelings over his exclusion from Nigeria’s squad to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, but he has instead sent a good luck message to the squad.
Ajayi pledged in the wake of his failure to make Gernot Rohr’s final 23-player roster to AFCON 2019 that he will remain loyal to Nigeria and stressed that he is wishing the Super Eagles a very successful outing at the continental soccer showpiece in Egypt.
While many observers believe Ajayi should have made Rohr’s cut, considering that he can play all four spots in defence as well as a holding midfielder, who can also score great goals from set pieces, which saw him win a player of the month award in the English Championship, the youngster is staying upbeat about his future prospects with Nigeria.
That has ostensibly informed his modesty and cool head over his snub by Rohr, as Ajayi says he will not blow his top, despite admitting it was a disappointment for him not being part of Nigeria’s squad to Egypt.
It as a dramatic downturn for Ajayi, who has featured in all competitive matches of the Eagles since making his debut after last year’s World Cup in Russia, except the 4-0 win against Libya on October 13.
He was also in sterling form with Rotherham, as the ex-Arsenal youth team player got more minutes in total than many other players named in Rohr’s final squad to Egypt 2019, adding eight goals in all competitions.
Ajayi took to social media to reveal his mild reaction to last weekend’s development stating: ”Wishing my brothers the best of luck at the upcoming #AFCON2019.
“It’s been a privilege to have been part of this squad and as much as I’m gutted that I can’t make it I wish every one linked with the Super Eagles the very best of luck this summer.
”I will be supporting the team until the end. Go and make Nigeria proud my brothers.”