Nigeria's sports minister, Solomon Dalung, has expressed his disappointment and apologised to Nigerians following the outster of the Super Eagles from the qualifying race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Super Eagles lost 1-0 to the Pharaohs on Tuesday, a result which left them with no chance of making it Africa's biggest soccer competition.
The team also failed qualify for the 2015 edition which was hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
"I personally apologise to Nigerians for the inability of the Super Eagles to qualify for the campaign to AFCON," Dalung wrote on Twitter handle.
"We have no good reason not to qualify if we had planned well and also organised ourselves, rather it was crisis all the way rocking the NFF.
"After this abysmal performance at AFCON qualifiers, it's important we return to the drawing board to plan for the future of football in Nigeria.
"Nigerians cannot accept any reason for failure from anybody so we either deliver or we give way to those who can deliver success."