By Adeboye Amosu:
Former technical committee member of Nigeria Football Federation, John Mastoroudes believes the Super Eagles should be proud of their performance in both legs of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt despite their failure to secure the ticket to the tournament, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Greek- born football administrator said though the Pharaohs deserved the ticket, the Eagles were unlucky to lose the second leg match in Alexandria.
Mastoroudes further said the Eagles have a bright future ahead of them going by their performance in the both legs of the qualifiers against the Pharaohs.
"I'm sad that we won't be playing in the Africa Cup of Nations next year in Gabon," Mastoroudes begins during an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com.
"The boys gave their best in both legs, especially in the second half in Kaduna. They made a big mistake by conceding that late equaliser.
"On the basis of what I saw in both legs, I strongly believe this team have a big future and that is what we should be thinking about now.
"The players can be proud of themselves and I think they were a bit unlucky to lose the game.
"Having said that, I also believe the Pharaohs deserve to qualify for the competition."
The Super Eagles have now failed to qualify for the AFCON for the second consecutive time after missing out on the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.