The Super Eagles of Nigeria will not be able to defend their African Nations Cup title after failing to qualify for the tournament, and the Nigerian Football Federation is taking responsibility for it.
A 2-2 draw with South Africa at the new Akwa Ibom stadium ensured Nigeria finished 3rd in their group and will not be going to Guinea.
“The NFF takes full responsibility for what has happened,” President Amaju Pinnick 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.”
“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.