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Pinnick praises Eagles’ endeavour as NFF shifts focus to FIFA World Cup play-off  

By Gowon Akpodonor
25 January 2022   |   3:22 am
Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, on Sunday, commended the efforts of the Super Eagles despite a 0-1 loss to Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, on Sunday, commended the efforts of the Super Eagles despite a 0-1 loss to Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 matches in Garoua.
 
“We are proud of the efforts of the players. They gave their all and tried very hard to win even when they had a numerical disadvantage. It was just not our day.
 


“I want to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for, his love, support and encouragement to the team while they were in the championship.

(Top L-R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Taiwo Awoniyi, midfielder Joe Aribo, defender William Troost-Ekong, (bottom L-R) forward Kelechi Iheanacho, defender Ola Aina, defender Zaidu Sanusi, forward Moses Simon and forward Samuel Chukwueze pose prior to the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Nigeria and Tunisia at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 23, 2022. (Photo by Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP)


“I also praise the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, for his interest and attention in the progress of the team. Losing at this stage is painful but we take solace in the great spirit with which the team approached its four matches in Cameroun, out of which it won three.
 
“The focus and attention will now shift to the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana in March. We want to assure Nigerians that we will prepare even harder for those two matches to get the job done.”