By David Meshioye and Adeboye Amosu
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick says the Super Eagles cannot afford to miss out on qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon following the disappointing showing of the side at the recently concluded African Nations Championship, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Super Eagles, who have won the AFCON titles thrice in the past, will face the Pharoahs of Egypt in a double header in March.
They sit in second place in the group, two points behind the North Africans who won their opening two games in the qualifying series.
Pinnick told Completesportsnigeria.com that the NFF will give the Super Eagles coaching staff and the players their total support to ensure Nigeria do not miss out on the competition once again following their failure to qualify for the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.
"Our focus is on the game against Egypt and we know how important it is to our ambition of qualifying for the next AFCON in Gabon," Pinnick told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We know Nigerians are still disappointed with the performance of the Eagles at the last CHAN and we cannot afford to miss out on the AFCON again after our failure to qualify for the last edition.
"We don't want to put our mind on qualifying as one of the best losers as that could be costly at the end of the day.
"Egpyt are our main rivals in the group and we must do our best against them to ensure we qualify for the competition.
"On our part, we will make sure we give the technical crew and the players all the necessary support to ensure we grab the ticket."
The first leg of the encounter will be played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on March 23.