‘Things Will Change’: NFF Backs Eagles After Shocking CAR Defeat

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles battle to defend their purpose in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match in opposition to Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has backed the Super Eagles to bounce again from their stunning defeat to lowly-rated Central African Republic (CAR) in a 2022 World Cup Qualifier. 

A ninetieth minute purpose from Karl Namnganda, who performs within the French fourth division, condemned the three-time African champions to a loss in entrance of a restricted residence crowd in Lagos on Thursday.

But the President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick, who spoke shortly after the sport, is optimistic that Gernot Rohr’s males would come out higher within 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 put up 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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Banking On ‘The Nigerian Spirit’

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A Nigerian supporter dances in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match between Nigeria and Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

Pinnick, who thanked the Federal Government and different companions for his or her help to the crew, famous that the NFF offered an enabling setting for the crew forward of the conflict with the Wild Beasts of Central African Republic.

According to him, Thursday’s loss was a shock.

“This result has been a huge shock, especially after the NFF provided everything necessary to make the team comfortable and focused on the task at hand, even going the extra mile in a number of areas,” the previous Delta Football Association boss, added.

Despite the defeat at residence, Nigeria lead Group C of the African qualification collection. They have six factors from three video games, two greater than second-placed Cape Verde and the Central African Republic.

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A Nigerian supporter brandishes a shawl in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match between Nigeria and Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

A win within the return fixture in opposition to CAR will take Nigeria a step nearer to the ultimate spherical of qualifiers, one thing the NFF boss believes the crew can do.

“This [CAR defeat] is a setback, which can be quickly reversed, and the Nigerian Spirit is what we will take to Cameroon,” he insisted.

“The NFF is backing the team to retain a strong hold on the group and qualify to the knockout phase.”

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‘Things Will Change’: NFF Backs Eagles After Shocking CAR Defeat

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