The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has backed the Super Eagles to bounce back from their shocking defeat to the lowly-rated Central African Republic (CAR) in a 2022 World Cup Qualifier.
A 90th-minute goal from Karl Namnganda, who plays in the French fourth division, condemned the three-time African champions to a loss in front of a limited home crowd in Lagos on Thursday.
But the President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick has revealed that he's optimistic that Gernot Rohr’s men would come out better in the return leg of the encounter in Doula, Cameroon on Sunday.
“Everyone is stunned, but we do not have to be emotional or negative about things.
“The same team defeated Liberia here in Lagos and Cape Verde away.
“They still have that ability to deliver,” Pinnick was quoted as saying in a post on the Federation’s social media handles.
“As a Football Federation, we take responsibility for this defeat.
“We believe things will change positively in three days. We also believe that this loss is a massive wake-up call and could be the springboard to reset and motivate the team to keep giving their all to not only qualify for the World Cup but to perform well in Qatar.”
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