Sports Minister summons NFF over South Africa flop


Following the unimpressive performance of the Super Eagles at the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against South Africa last weekend in Uyo, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has summoned the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to an emergency meetingon Tuesday.

The meeting is also extended to the NFF Technical Committee, which had earlier complained of not being carried along by the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, and the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, in the screening and selection of players.

The meeting, which will hold in the Minister’s conference room at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 2pm is coming on the heels of the Super Eagles 0-2 loss to visiting Bafana Bafana in Uyo at the weekend.

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Nigeria is now 3rd on their Group E table behind South Africa and Libya who all won their first leg matches.

The Minister however called on football lovers and Nigerians not to lose hope on the ability of the Super Eagles to qualify for the next AFCON, noting that the collective support to the Super Eagles will help to actualize their quest for an Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup ticket.

“This is a temporary setback which is surmountable. We need to sit with the technical Committee and crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback.

“We have very young talented players in the Super Eagles and we trust that with more hard work and determination, this result can be reversed when we go to South Africa.

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“This is just the beginning of a long journey. The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can’t afford to be absent at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third consecutive time. We must do all within our means to support the team when they win and when there’s a setback. We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon.” Dalung assured.

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