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CHAN Disaster: NFF Apologise To Nigerians, Focus On AFCON Qualifiers

The Nigeria Football Federation has apologized to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for the Super Eagles’ failure at the 4th African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the quarter-finals after a 1-0 defeat by Guinea in Rubavu on Tuesday.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick said in a release by the governing body that the African Nations Championship is “both developmental and preparatory for bigger challenges,” adding that the federation would now shift focus to the qualification race for the bigger Africa Cup of Nations.

“We apologise to Nigerians for the poor outing of the Super Eagles in Rwanda, but we toe the line of CAF which states that CHAN is a developmental and preparatory competition. Of course, as Nigerians, we love to win always, and we feel bad when we don’t," Pinnck said.

“I want us to take the positives from this tournament. A player like Chisom Chikatara broke onto the global platform and players like Usman Mohammed, Chima Akas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Obaroakpo and Ifeanyi Mathew confirmed their class.

The Nigeria Football Federation has apologized to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for the Super Eagles’ failure at the 4th African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the quarter-finals after a 1-0 defeat by Guinea in Rubavu on Tuesday.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick said in a release by the governing body that the African Nations Championship is “both developmental and preparatory for bigger challenges,” adding that the federation would now shift focus to the qualification race for the bigger Africa Cup of Nations.

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“We apologise to Nigerians for the poor outing of the Super Eagles in Rwanda, but we toe the line of CAF which states that CHAN is a developmental and preparatory competition. Of course, as Nigerians, we love to win always, and we feel bad when we don’t," Pinnck said.

“I want us to take the positives from this tournament. A player like Chisom Chikatara broke onto the global platform and players like Usman Mohammed, Chima Akas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Obaroakpo and Ifeanyi Mathew confirmed their class.

“For me, it is disappointing that we did not progress. But the NFF will now focus on the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, and start preparations early for the remaining rounds.”

The Super Eagles have a top-of-the-table double-header against Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race, with the first leg in Nigeria on March 23 and the return leg in Egypt five days later.

In June, the Super Eagles take on Chad in N’Djamena before hosting Tanzania in the final round of matches in September.

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