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Sports News of Thursday, 23 June 2022

Source: completesports.com

No regrets leaving Torino to play for Super Eagles at AFCON - Aina

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Ola Aina says he has no regrets leaving Torino to represent Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations early this year in Cameroon.

Aina featured regularly for Torino during the first half of the campaign but was confined to the bench following his return from the AFCON.

The 25-year-old made just appearances for Torino during the second half of the season.

“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,” Aina told BBC Sport Africa.

“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.”

Aina further stated that he is not certain where he will play his football next season.

“Nothing is really clearer, but hopefully in a few weeks I’d know exactly what I am working towards,” Aina added.

“Obviously a player wants to go to a place or team where they can play regularly. For me, that’s a must and I wouldn’t look anywhere if I am not trying to play regularly or if I can’t force myself to play regularly.

“For the future, I just want to be able to play at the highest level for the biggest clubs possible. That’s a dream and aspiration of mine, so hopefully, something happens.

“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.”