President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Amaju Pinnick has described Super Eagles ouster from AFCON 2017 in Gabon as an act of destiny.
Eagles were on Tuesday beaten 2-0 by the Pharaohs of Egypt in the second leg of the 2017 African Cup of Nation qualifier played at Alexendria, Egypt while the first leg end in 1-1 draw in Kaduna.
With the result, Egypt now have seven point while Nigeria have just two and Tanzania with just one point following the withdrawer of Chad from the Nations Cup qualifier.
Pinnick said NFF did practically all that was needed to be done for the Super Eagles to qualify for Gabon 2017 as the federation cannot enter the pitch to play.
‘’Eagles ouster from the Nations Cup is a major wakeup call as far as NFF is concerned. The way forward now is to focus on the FIFA 2018 world cup qualifier. We are not giving any excuse for our failure to qualify, but we bear responsibility for it. This no time to start apportioning blames because everybody including the players and the technical crew did their best, but the best was not good enough.
‘’ We will focus on FIFA available window for the Super Eagles to play international matches and our consultants are working on this the ensure that thing works out perfectly. We meen to star preparing for the world cup qualification on time.
NFF President said adequate support would be given to coach Samson Siasia who has proven his worth as the Super Eagles coach to succeed in Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
‘’Our major focus now would be on the Olympic Games and we are going to gine Siasia all the needed support because, he did it before when he got to the finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.’’
On whether the Federation will hire a new foreign technical adviser for the senior national team or allow Coach Siasia to continue with the team after the Olympic Games, Pinnick said the executive board of NFF would be meeting with the Minister of Sports on Tuesday next to chart a way forward, noting that such decision cannot be taken by NFF alone.
On call for him to resign following his failure to qualify the nation for two successive African cup of nations, Pinnick said, ‘’ I was elected and I have four years tenure,’’

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