AS Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina has expressed sadness over the goal he appeared to have notched at the weekend, only to find it officially adjudged not to be his after all.
Aina, who is on loan from Chelsea of England, admitted he was not happy that he was not credited with what would have been his first goal in the Italian topflight in Torino’s 1-1 draw against visiting Fiorentina.
cut inside and struck the post with a shot from inside the area, the ball bounced back and hit the goalkeeper before going inside the net in the 13th minute.
However, as he sought something to console himself, Aina shot his mind beyond club action to also talk about the Super Eagles’ upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
Having narrowly missed out on the 2018 World Cup and pulling out of the Super Eagles team that beat Seychelles due to injury, Aina played in both legs of the AFCON qualifiers against Libya, and is seeking an encore.
Aina declared: “‘That’s another one I am looking forward to and can tick off my bucket list.
”South Africa have got a fantastic team, they’re also very attacking, so it should be a good test. I’m really looking forward to it if I get picked.
”I started on the bench for the first game, but had to come on early because of injury. I felt like I put in a decent performance.
”It’s never easy coming on from the bench like that, but I thought I did okay. Libya were a good side, but on the day we were just that bit better than them which showed in the 4-0 scoreline.
”The second game was a lot harder, we won 3-2. They fought really well but we managed to see it through and add more points to our total in the group.”