Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Mr. Amaju
Melvin Pinnick, alongside his second Vice President, Shehu Dikko and General
Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi were yesterday at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport
hotel camp of the Super Eagles to ginger the players ahead of tomorrow’s
third-place match against Tunisia.
A last-gasp goal by Riyad Mahrez took Algeria to their first AFCON Final in 29 years and meant the Eagles will have to battle for the bronze medals with Tunisia, who lost to Senegal also on Sunday.
“I must start by acknowledging that you gave your best out there against Algeria as you have done since the beginning of the competition. It is important that you put the loss behind you as the third-place match is just two days away. The message from the NFF is simple: Let us not leave this championship empty-handed. This is the biggest and toughest AFCON ever and we must win on Wednesday to make Nigerians happy again.
“It is good for us to win laurel here that we can present to
President Muhammadu Buhari back home. The government and the people of Nigeria
have supported this campaign in a robust manner.”
Team captain Mikel John Obi promised that the team would fight hard against the Carthage Eagles tomorrow in order to salvage something from the tournament.
Nigeria and Tunisia will make it a date for the third-place match tomorrow at the Al Salam Stadium, one of the venues in Cairo. The match starts at 9.00 p.m. Egypt time (8.00 p.m. Nigeria time).
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