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Chad withdrawal: We Must Win 2 Remaining AFCON Qualifiers – NFF

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Posted: Mar 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have stated that the Super Eagles have no other option but to win their remaining two AFCON qualifiers including Tuesday’s clash in Egypt to qualify for Gabon 2017 in the wake of the shock withdrawal of Chad.

Egypt lead Group G on seven points, two points ahead of second-placed Nigeria.

Tanzania are third on four points.

But on account of Chad withdrawal, all their previous results will be nullified and as such Egypt will remain top on four points, Nigeria have two points and Tanzania on a point.

A win for Nigeria in Alexandria on Tuesday night will therefore see them leapfrog Egypt to top spot of a group that can now only produce one qualifier for AFCON 2017.

“We don’t have an escape route than to win our remaining matches, then we will be home and dry, and this includes beating Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday,” said NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire.

Top NFF officials addressed the Eagles at their Kaduna hotel Sunday afternoon and warned them of the grave implications not winning in Egypt.

Nigeria were due to travel to Chad in June in continuation of the AFCON qualifiers before the country’s shock withdrawal on Sunday.