By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Nigeria Football Federation's Technical Committee boss, Chris Green believes that Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has learnt a lot of lessons from the 2016 CHAN where Nigeria failed to go beyond the first round after losing 1-0 to Guinea in their last Group C game, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Green, a legal practitioner who was in Rwanda with the Home Eagles, also assured that despite the team's failure at 2016 CHAN , the Nigeria Football Federation will continue to support Sunday Oliseh as they look forward to beating Egypt home and away in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up next month.
"Well, we are out of CHAN and nobody is happy about it. I actually felt sorry for the coaches and players that cried uncontrollably. To the players, it’s an opportunity missed to showcase the stuff they are made, for them to get international recognition and attention," Green told Completesortsnigeria.com.
"The coaches felt really bad for all their efforts, and difficult it is to bear when you are actually leading the group and the players also playing well. It can happen to anybody. Sometimes the best of teams don't really win tournaments.
"The good thing is that lessons have been learnt from the players, coaches and down to me, the administrators.
"We have to raise our heads and not allow this loss dampen our morale. I just hope Oliseh can recover quickly from this shock because we have qualifiers in the weeks to come. I must give it to him, he really tried his best to build a team. He was very passionate and actually was looking at winning the tournament for Nigerians.
"The way forward is to give the team a short break, for everybody to clear his head and reconvene in preparation for our next games which are very crucial.
"We must start now to plan ahead and correct all our mistakes. The truth for me is that we should not overrate our team, give ourselves at least two years to build and develop properly and at the same time strive very hard to qualify for the Nations Cup and the World Cup."
Green however told Completesportsmnigeria.com that Oliseh will submit his programme for the Egypt match on time so that they can plan ahead.
"Of course, he has to submit his program on time so that we can push ahead. We shall ensure that we support him all the way," Green stated.