Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has provided the reason behind his frustration with Frank Onyeka during the closing stages of Nigeria's 2023 AFCON quarter-final 1-0 victory over Angola on Friday evening.
Peseiro mentioned that he initially had no plans to make changes to his lineup but decided to substitute the combative midfielder for Joe Aribo in the 87th minute based on the advice of his captain for the game, William Troost-Ekong.
Troost-Ekong observed that the Brentford midfielder wasn't playing at full throttle due to a shoulder injury he couldn't shake off during the match.
The 63-year-old coach expressed his frustration, stating that Onyeka claimed he was not fatigued and wanted to stay on the pitch. Peseiro emphasized that Ekong informed him about Onyeka's condition, prompting the substitution.
Peseiro explained, "I was angry at that moment. Two times Ekong said Onyeka is tired due to the pain in the shoulder. But I asked him five minutes before, not 10, 15, or 20 minutes; he said he was okay. It’s happening in football. The captain on the pitch can inform me about some situations – some players tired, some players feeling some pain."