Ea­gles can’t af­ford to miss 2022 W’cup -Pin­nick

The Punch - - SPORTS - Ebenezer Ba­jela

Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Amaju Pin­nick, has stated that it will be sui­ci­dal for the Su­per Ea­gles not to qual­ify for the 2022 World Cup. Pin­nick in an in­ter­view on Chan­nels TV’S Sports This Morn­ing called on Nige­ri­ans to come to­gether and help bring about tran­quil­ity to the fed­er­a­tion and ig­nore all dis­trac­tions which en­gulfed the NFF last year.

The fed­er­a­tion has been rocked with cri­sis with sev­eral mem­bers of the NFF ex­ec­u­tive board un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for cor­rup­tion.

Pin­nick also at­tributed those is­sues to po­lit­i­cal move which he be­lieved were meant to de­stroy the coun­try’s foot­ball.

“I want to ap­peal to Nige­ri­ans be­cause this year is a very crit­i­cal year for Nige­ria foot­ball,” Pin­nick said in an in­ter­view on Chan­nels TV.

“Nige­ria can­not af­ford not to go to the World Cup, it will be sui­ci­dal be­cause we are used to go­ing to the World Cup. It is go­ing to be very bad.

“So, this con­stant dis­trac­tion, pe­ti­tion and the rest, I want to ap­peal to Nige­ri­ans be­cause they know that these are pol­i­tics and it’s not what they think.

“It is purely de­struc­tive and an­ni­hi­lat­ing. The as­sump­tion is if we can­not have, then let us de­stroy it.”

The Ea­gles of Nige­ria are in Pot 1 for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fiers ahead of the main draws on Jan­uary 21, 2020, in Cairo, Egypt.

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