The Super Eagles of Nigeria received praise from the NFF president for their efforts in Cameroon.
Amaju Pinnick believes the team was unlucky.
If you expect disappointment, you will not be disappointed. – Michelle “MJ” Jones-Watson (Spider-Man -No way home).
The above statement seems to be the mentality that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) adopted concerning the Super Eagles and their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations contest. The Super Eagles were not favourites to land the title following their performances during the World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria surprised many with the Egypt win and was the only team to garner 9 points during the group stage. Their performance then drew attention to the landing the tag of favourites.
The Nigeria Football Federation has thrown its weight behind the team and applauded their efforts to make Nigeria proud at the competition.
NFF applauds the Super Eagles
The Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Sunday night following a 1-0 loss to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. It was an almost limp performance from the Super Eagles. They finished the match with ten men following Alex Iwobi’s second-half red card.
Despite the loss, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) commended the efforts of the Super Eagles. The NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick praised the boys for trying against Tunisia.
According to Pinnick, the boys gave their all and put their best to salvage a game stacked against them. The NFF president believes that despite their numerical disadvantage worked hard to make something out of it, but it was not their day. Pinnick declared his pride in the players and the new hope instilled in their fans.
Amaju Pinnick was thankful to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. He also praised the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, for showing interest in the welfare and progress of the team.
Outrage amongst fans
The defeat of the Super Eagles by Tunisia gutted many of their fans. The loss came in the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. More galling was the manner the team lost. There have been reactions concerning the loss, with many blaming the goalkeeper, the referee and even the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
For some fans, Maduka Okoye was at fault for the solitary goal scored in the game. Many memes of the goalkeeper flooded social media following the loss, with a good number of the fans blaming him. In some reactions to the loss, the belief is that the goal was a routine catch, and Okoye fluffed his lines.
Many believe the call from His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari before the game jinxed the team. They thought the call should have waited till the competition was over before appreciating the team. They see it as unnecessary interference.
Another group pointed accusing fingers at Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye. N’Diaye officiated the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Ghana and South Africa, where he awarded a dubious penalty to Ghana, was roundly slammed for his questionable calls against Nigeria.
Amaju Pinnick said the Super Eagles will now shift focus to the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana in March.
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