AFCON Qualifiers: NFF Chief Tenders Apology to Nigerians for Loss to Guinea Bissau

AFCON Qualifiers: NFF Chief Tenders Apology to Nigerians for Loss to Guinea Bissau

Ibitoye Shittu
March 26, 2023 at 10:26 AM
  • Super Eagles of Nigeria were beaten in Abuja by visiting Guinea Bissau in 2023 AFCON qualifying match
  • NFF president Ibrahim Gusau has now begged Nigerians for the result claiming that the players will redeem themselves
  • Guinea Bissau are now topping the group with seven points, while the Super Eagles have gathered six

Ibrahim Musa Gusau who is the President of the Nigerian Football Federation has tendered an apology to Nigerian soccer lovers for the Super Eagles and the Under-23 unimpressive performance.

In the first leg of their U23 African Cup of Nations qualifying fixture, the Olympic Eagles failed to beat Guinea in Abuja putting them in difficult situation ahead of the return leg.

Ibrahim Gusau, NFF, Super Eagles, Under-23
AFCON Qualifiers: NFF chiefs tender apology to Nigerians for loss to Guinea Bissau Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
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Head coach Salisu Yusuf was also criticized by fans even though the former Kano Pillars coach explained that the result was better than losing.

Super Eagles on the other hand

Super Eagles in their own game suffered an embarrassing home loss against Guinea Bissau in Abuja with the likes of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Lookman and Moffi failing to score.

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The defeat now puts coach Peseiro under serious pressure ahead of the second leg on Monday, 27 March.

According to the statement NFF released on their site, Gusau explained that the two teams will work hard to get better result in coming games.

Statement made by Ibrahim Gusau

“We tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for the poor results. We worked and planned hard for good results but things turned out differently on the pitch. Our focus now is on redeeming the situation in the return matches early next week.”

Jose Peseiro’s stats

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Jose Peseiro has so far not been having it rosy in charge of the Super Eagles following his recent defeat in Abuja against Guinea Bissau in the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

After Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar losing the play-offs against Ghana, the NFF chiefs then under Amaju Pinnick hired Peseiro with the mandate of him changing the fortune of the team.

However, the Portuguese is still struggling and many Nigerian football fans are now losing their patience over the results Peseiro has been producing.

Going into the game against Guinea Bissau, the Super Eagles were tipped to record an emphatic win considering the likes of Victor Osimhen, Lookman and Chukwueze that they have in the squad, but they were unable to win.

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