“I apologise to my team mates, the Sports Minister and the coach,” Ogunbiyi was quoted as saying by the Benin federation.
“I asked coach (Reinhard) Fabisch to forgive me and to let me be back into the squad.”
_quote Benin’s German coach Fabisch said on Monday that he no longer wanted Ogunbiyi in his squad as the player had “lacked respect towards his team mates and to the fans” by breaking squad rules, but he did not elaborate.
“As long as I am the Benin coach, Ogunbiyi will be out of the squad.”
Benin lost their Group B opener 1-0 against Mali on Monday. They next face the Ivory Coast on Friday.