The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has stated that he and his board are not just preoccupied with the Super Eagles qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

According to Pinnick, they are particularly keen to see Nigeria make impact in the tournament proper.

The Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the continental showpiece and they have started their latest quest on a shaky note; losing at home in their group opener against South Africa.

With a flurry of qualifying games now around the corner, Pinnick assures that the qualification will be taken seriously and more importantly the Super Eagles will be motivated to do well in the tournament proper.

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Pinnick, also the 1st Vice President of CAF and Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, disclosed that the immediate focus of the Federation is on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, starting with an away game against Seychelles on 7th September, and with home-and-away matches against Libya in October and another away fixture against South Africa in November.

“We will approach the matches one game at a time. Our objective is not only to qualify for the finals, but for the Super Eagles to also make a meaningful impact at the finals in Cameroon in the summer of next year,” stated Pinnick, who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee.

He affirmed also that focus is on the upcoming Women Africa Cup of Nations (scheduled for Ghana in November and for which the Super Falcons, reigning champions, have qualified), as well as the 2019 U20 and U17 Africa Cup of Nations championships billed for Niger Republic and Tanzania respectively.


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