The Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has taken responsibility for Super Eagles disastrous Afcon qualifier outing and has assured Nigeria’s national team will bounce back.
The defending African Champions fell short of the 3 points that was needed to take Nigeria all the the way to next year’s Afcon tournament as they were held to a 2-2 draw by South Africa making them finish third placed with 8 points.
“The NFF takes full responsibility for what has happened,” he said.
“It is a tragedy for us to come so near and yet fail to reach the finals. We made so much effort and sacrifice in Congo to achieve the victory we needed there on Saturday and really had no business bungling it here.
“However, our commitment is to build a sustainable football culture in the country and nothing has changed. This is a disappointment but for us, we gave it our best shot and supported the team fully.”
Pinnick said Wednesday’s failure could turn out to be blessing in disguise.
“All things work together for good for those that love God, according to Romans 8:28. This has happened but we believe it will work together for us to toil hard and achieve a renaissance that will take Nigeria football to much higher heights than it has ever been,” he added.
“I use this opportunity to thank the Akwa Ibom State Government for all the support they gave the team and the assistance they offered the NFF.
“This is a dark moment but we will emerge into sunshine shortly.”