Pinnick: Recent Failures Will Inspire Nigeria To Russia 2018 Ticket

Pinnick: Recent Failures Will Inspire Nigeria To Russia 2018 Ticket

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja: 

President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has expressed optimism that the recent setbacks in Nigerian football can only spur the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

"What has been happening to Nigerian football in time may be God's design for Nigeria to qualify for the World Cup," Pinnick said in Abuja.

"I believe our recent setbacks will pave way for Super Eagles' qualification, by the grace of God, we shall qualify. It is not an easy call but we shall go the extra mile with the players and officials to make it. 

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"We are not going to leave any stone unturned in an effort to qualify for Russia, that is why we have gone all the way to engage a foreign coach that shares our sentiment to be at the World Cup in 2018. It is not an easy task but we are focused and committed to meeting our target." 

Pinnick, whose tenure as NFF boss has seen an unprecedented number of Nigerian teams failing to qualify for tournaments,  is not fazed by the quality of opposition the Super Eagles face in their quest to reach Russia 2018.

He added: "We know that being drawn against the likes of Africa's top ranked team, Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in the same World Cup group is a tough call but we have our game plan and hopefully it will go as planned. And to show our seriousness, we have given the new coach Rohr the green light to use the dead rubber AFCON qualifier against Tanzania to prepare for the World Cup duel in Zambia."

The Eagles face Tanzania in Uyo on Saturday in an inconsequential AFCON qualifier as both teams have already been eliminated.

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  • oladeji oluwasegun sunday 5 years ago

    My name is oladeji oluwasegun sunday from oja ilorin, kwara state.

    All what we want is transparent and development in football
    I if NFF can work in one and sincerely the glory of our football will surely come back
    I pray our NFF will understand this .
    Amen and amen.

  • Why won’t siasia give up on Nigerian football after the NFF told him there will be no foreign coach for now and they went ahead to hire a foreign coach is mr rohr better than siasia?