Nigerian forward Tunde Adeniji expressed remorse and extended apologies to his teammates following his dismissal during Atyrau’s recent 2-0 defeat to Almaty in a Kazakhstan Premier League clash, as reported by Completesportsnigeria.com.
The former Sunshine Stars of Akure striker, who joined Atyrau earlier this year after parting ways with Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia, received a red card in the latter stages of the match for a mistimed challenge on an opponent, altering the course of the game.
Adeniji, addressing reporters post-match, acknowledged the impact of his sending off, stating, “We started the game positively, showing intent to secure at least a point, but my red card changed everything. I’ve already conveyed my apologies to my teammates.”
Expressing dissatisfaction with the officiating, Adeniji highlighted an incident in the fifth minute where he received a yellow card for what he deemed an accidental collision with an opponent. He expressed disappointment, citing it as the first red card of his career.
As Atyrau prepares to face Ordabasy in the upcoming KPL fixture, Adeniji, ineligible to participate due to his dismissal, conveyed confidence in his team’s ability to secure a win at home. He emphasized the significance of their supporters’ backing, aiming to bounce back from the recent setbacks.
The Nigerian forward, who featured in Atyrau’s initial two league games of the season, is yet to mark his goal account since joining the club. Atyrau, enduring a challenging start, has faced defeats in their opening two league fixtures, currently occupying the 11th spot in the 12-team KPL table. Adeniji’s absence in the upcoming fixture poses a further challenge for Atyrau as they strive to find their winning rhythm in the league.