–NFF Vice President Insists Nigeria Will Qualify For 2017 Nations Cup
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF first Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has assured Nigerians that Super Eagles will not miss the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as was the case in 2012 and 2015.
Akinwunmi who spoke against the back drop of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers draws slated for June 8, 2015, disclosed that the series of friendly games arranged for the Super Eagles, were aimed at preparing the team for the qualifiers.
The Lagos State Football Association, boss expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will not miss the 2017 showpiece which host nation will be decided on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt.
“Nigeria will qualify for the next Africa Cup of Nations, mark my words. There’s no reason good enough for Nigeria not to be at the AFCON”, Akinwunmi said.
“We’ve taken the blame of what happened the last time because the NFF is continuous. Several factors contributed to Super Eagles inability to qualify for the 2015 AFCON.
“It’s quite inappropriate to put them down to coach related problems but going forward it’s obvious that we’ve addressed some of those reasons that could hinder progress.
“And of course, don’t forget the fact we’re engaging the teams in periodic friendly matches all aimed at preparing them for the qualifiers”, Akinwunmi said.
Draws for the qualifiers will be held in Egypt on April 8 while the qualification games will start on June 8 across the continent.