Top Nigerians have different goals for 2019, for the likes of President Buhari, he would love another term in office while Papa Chidi, who lives along Ikosi Road in Ketu would feel fulfilled if he can purchase that elusive commercial tricycle. 

In similar vein, those in sporting circles also have their targets for 2019 and that of the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick is to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

After missing out on two successive editions, the Super Eagles are back.

Pinnick, despite being fingered in several controversies, says he would not be distracted in his mission to see that the Eagles conquer the continent in Egypt in June.

The NFF boss said at the weekend that a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title is overdue for Nigeria, one of the biggest football–playing nations of the universe.

“There are so many competitions this year and we intend to, as usual, put our best foot forward in each and everyone of them. The target always is to emerge victorious. However, the very big one that we do not want to miss is the AFCON title. We have won it three times but we want it for a fourth time so that we can close the gap with the likes of Egypt and Cameroon.” Pinnick stated.

Apart from the AFCON, Nigerian teams would this year be involved in the Africa U20 Cup of Nations (from where the Flying Eagles expect to qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup), Africa U17 Cup of Nations (from where the Golden Eaglets expect to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.

Also, there is the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, qualifying series for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations, qualifying series for the All-Africa Games football tournaments, qualifying series for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics football tournaments, qualifying matches for the 2020 African Nations Championship, qualifying matches for the 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, qualifying matches for the 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup and the preliminary round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals. 

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