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Eagles Will Qualify For AFCON, W’Cup –Pinnick

Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 10:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and also go on to pick a ticket for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations which is ongoing will be concluded in September 2016, while the qualifiers for the Russia 2018 will begin in October.

Pinnick who spoke on a Channels Television programme on Thursday said, “I make bold to say that year 2016 will be even better than 2015. We are looking to see the Eagles B win the African Nations Championship; the Super Eagles qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and starting the race to Russia 2018 on a sound footing, and also planning for the women teams to excel at their various international championships.”

The FA boss has also assured Nigerians there is nothing to worry about the health of the Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh. Oliseh has not reported to the Eagles B camp in Abuja because he has been down with a viral infection. He is billed to join them in South Africa ahead of the trip to Rwanda for CHAN 2016 and Pinnick maintained through the interview that there was no cause for the alarm.

He said, “Sunday Oliseh is not feeling too well but it is nothing to worry about and he is now undergoing therapy and he will be sound soon. He’s still excited about the job of rebuilding the national team.”

Pinnick also explained that the poor state of the economy hit hard at the company that was willing to pick the bills of the proposed expatriate coach for the Super Falcons, thereby stopping the move. In a previous interview with The PUNCH, the FA boss had stated that the American Football Federation officials were helping Nigeria secure a quality coach for the Falcons.

On the issue of the Taraba players’ sleep strike outside the state Government House to protest unpaid salaries and allowances, Pinnick said it was highly unfortunate but that the League Management Company was on top of the situation.

“I also want to add that going forward the best option will be for us to have clubs that are independent of government control; Clubs that are owned by communities and individuals. We will inter-face with the Governors’ Forum to kick-start this process.”