MADUKA Okoye was a victim of vile social media attacks when his blooper cost the team in Cameroon.
Ever since, he has been unable to team up with the national team, first reportedly a result of COVID-19 and secondly, a shoulder injury.
Okoye is however back in the camp of the Super Eagles on Constantine, Algeria as he battles to reclaim his No. 1 spot.
Former Super Eagles and West Brom star, Ifeanyi Udeze said the player may have excused himself from national team duties because he got angry and afraid after the attacks.
“The medical report from his club then in Holland stated that he had a shoulder injury which saw him miss a lot of games,” Udeze said on a Brila FM show.
“Anger and fear could also have led to his not being available because he was not born here. He was born abroad and over there, they have ways they do things.
“He (Maduka Okoye) was threatened. You don’t blame him. That’s where the anger and fear as well came from,” the former Nigeria left back said.