Pinnick: Winning AFCON is major focus in 2019

by on January 15, 2019

The embattled President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has reiterated that preparing the Super Eagles adequately to win the Africa Cup of Nations title this summer is the major focus of the Federation for this year, while also making it clear that Nigeria is interested in putting up excellent performances in every competition she is involved in.

 Pinnick, stated this at the weekend in Warri Delta state that a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title is overdue for Nigeria, one of the biggest football –playing nations of the universe.

 “There are so many competitions this year and we intend to, as usual, put our best foot forward in each and everyone of them. The target always is to emerge victorious. However, the very big one that we do not want to miss is the AFCON title. We have won it three times but we want it for a fourth time so that we can close the gap with the likes of Egypt and Cameroon.

 “The NFF will work with the technical crew to achieve an excellent preparation of the Super Eagles for the tournament. Everything legitimate would be done to ensure the Super Eagles triumph in Egypt.

 “The NFF will equally give the Super Falcons all the support to perform excellently at the World Cup.”


Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations title seven times. Cameroon have emerged champions on five occasions while Ghana have four titles to her name.

 “The match against Seychelles will serve as the beginning of our preparations for the AFCON, to be followed four days later by a friendly against the Egyptian National Team at the same venue.

 “The team would likely play two matches during its final training camp before the AFCON finals.”Pinnick stated.

 The Draw Ceremony for the four –week, 24 –nation championship is expected to be done at the end of March.


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