Pinnick apologized for the outcome of the qualifiers, on behalf of the FA and players of the team.
In the NFF President’s words to footballalive.ng;
“We are all disappointed we did qualify (for AFCON 2017), the god of soccer did not smile on us. I believe Nigerians should forgive us for us to move on.”
“The focus now is to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. We will keep the Eagles busy during the FIFA friendly windows ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.”
The NFF president said Nigeria will swing into action to commence preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, and the FA will ensure every International window until the World Cup qualifiers will be exploited to organize friendlies against top footballing countries.
Nigeria missed out on AFCON 2017 qualification for the second time in two years following Tuesday night’s loss to Egypt in Alexandria.
Nigeria fell 1-0 to Egypt in the reverse fixture of the qualifiers,to end any hope of the three-time African champions returning to the continental show piece in Gabon.
Similarly, Super Eagles caretaker coach, Samson Siasia has said that despite the apparent failure to rescue Nigeria’s Afcon 2017 campaign, much has been achieved to improve the quality of the national team and regain the confidence of fans.
Siasia said his side were simply unlucky against the Egyptians in the two legged tie. He thanked fans and his players for the support in the course of his return to the job.
“We couldn’t fix the bridge but we amended it,” Siasia said.
The Eagles job was 48 year-old Siasia’s second stint and commission to deliver an AFCON ticket but Mohamed Sobhy’s 65th minute goal inside the Borg El Arab Stadium struck an all too familiar ill tune which he has become in tune with.
The Egyptians snatched a last gasp equalizer in Kaduna and benefited off a deflected goal to extinguish Nigeria’s hope of a return to the continent’s most prestigious cup competition.
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