Pinnick Praises NFF’s Efforts In AFCON Qualifiers


Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has declared that the nation’s soccer body has taken every necessary step that needs to be taken to ensure the Super Eagles qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, can report.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s third match in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, Pinnick said the NFF is working hard and all Nigerians should support them with prayers for their efforts not to be in vain.

Pinnick further noted that the Eagles also needed prayers and support from the fans, as he reckons victory against Libya this weekend would be a big step towards achieving the target of qualifying for Cameroon 2019.

Pinnick, who is also president of CAF Organizing Committee for AFCON, charged the three-time African champions to give joy to the country’s teeming football lovers by pocketing all the three points on Saturday.

He stressed: “It is important that we win in Uyo on Saturday in order to fly with the same momentum to Tunisia for the return leg.

“Victory in Seychelles last month has restored our campaign and we must capitalize on the good feeling to get close to a ticket.

“Victory in the two matches will not only take us closer to 2019 AFCON ticket, it will provide us with the verve we need to go and win in South Africa in November.

“All we need now is the support and prayers of Nigerians for the team, as everything is been done to qualify to next year’s AFCON.

“I don’t want Nigerians to harbor any fear of a possible shock upset from the Libyans, but we must not underrate them in any way at all.”


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