- NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Abia State governor Ikpeazu visited Super Eagles squad members in the dressing room after their 2-0 defeat by Madagascar
- Pinnick urged squad members to double their effort ahead of last 16 round
- Nigeria finish second in Group B log behind leaders Madagascar
NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu took time out to visit Super Eagles squad members in the dressing room after their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar on Sunday, June 30
The result saw Nigeria finish second in Group B log behind leaders Madagascar and may likely face Ghana’s Black Stars in the last 16 rounds of the ongoing tournament.
“Today might be a sad day, but it is not a bad day. Why is not a bad day? It is an eye opener.
“No team should be underestimated. No team should be underrated.
“It is just an eye opener because we were preparing to play a weak team in the second round, but there’s no weak team in AFCON.
“So, now letsthe big teams come and let’s be ready for them.
“In the last AFCON we won, Mikel will tell you, we started slowly and were 10 minutes away from been eliminated in the first round then we scored twice against Ethiopia and went on to win the title .
“Individually, let us rekindle our spirit. Let us not look at what they would say back home, let us look at what we can do on the field in our next game.
“I had to drag the governor of Abia state to come here and another delegation coming in the next few days.
“I have a lot to do, a lot to drag them to come and you guys must help the NFF.
“There is no team that is not beatable or unbeaten but please let us redouble our effort,” Amaju pleaded.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's Super Eagles suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat in the hands of Madagascar's Barea to surrender the first spot in Group B to their opponent.
Madagascar took the lead in the 13th minute from a defensive blunder from Brighton defender Leon Balogun.
The defender who only celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, June 28, allowed Lalaina Nomenjanahary to steal the ball from him before the striker dribbled past Ezenwa and tapping home from close range.
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