The Super Eagles absence in two consecutive Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) finals has been a worrisome reality to the executive board and management of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The federation stated yesterday that Nigeria not being part of the continental soccer fiesta at both the 2015 and the ongoing 2017 edition in Gabon has taught it a bitter lesson, noting that it is very difficult to believe that a country like Nigeria is missing at the AFCON where nations like Guinea Bissau are making waves.
NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said in an interview that the reality of missing out of the ongoing 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) championship in Gabon has certainly dawned on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), describing it as painful.
He however, disclosed that the federation had taken a deep reflection on events that led to the failure and has learnt from its past mistakes, adding that it has put up machineries that will ensure that Nigeria qualified for the subsequent competitions.
He stated that one of the measures the NFF has taken to ensure that Nigeria would not be missing in subsequent international championships was the recent overhauling of the Super Eagles, which he noted has brought drastic changes in both the players and technical crew.
“It is very painful watching the 2017 AFCON without Nigeria. Honestly the impact of our failure to qualify is being felt more now that the tournament has started. However, we have reflected on the sad reality and have started putting in place measures to ensure that it will not repeat again.
“We have hired a sound technical adviser who acts like a real father to the players and other officials. In the matches we played under him we have continued to do well and that is why we are leading our group in the World Cup qualifier”.
The NFF scribe however, noted that missing the AFCON will not negatively affect the form of the Super Eagles players as they are still playing regular football with their various clubs
He added that the federation is working out quality international friendly matches for the team in the next FIFA window.