President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has dedicated the Africa Cup of Nations ticket secured by the Super Eagles on Saturday to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government.

Pinnick heaped encomiums on Buhari and the FG. for providing the conducive environment for Nigerian Football to continue to thrive.

The elated NFF President also praised specially Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State who led the Nigeria delegation to the big match in Johannesburg.

“This is great day for Nigerian Football. Just as happened in the qualifying series for the FIFA World Cup, we have won the ticket to the AFCON with a match to spare. This victory is for President Muhammadu Buhari and the Government and people of Nigeria. We commend the technical crew and the players, and I must praise Governor Simon Lalong who is here with his wife to support the team. He has been a pillar of support. I also congratulate the Members of the NFF Executive Committee, NFF Management and Staff, Members of the NFF Congress, Football Stakeholders and the media.

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“We will begin the preparations for the AFCON immediately. As I have said several times, we do not want the AFCON ticket just to go there and make up the number, but to make a massive impact at the finals,” said Pinnick, who is also the President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, aside being the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football.

Having missed the last two AFCON finals, Nigeria have now joined hosts Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Uganda as the teams already guaranteed slots at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Cameroon.

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