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2019: NFF Sets AFCON Title Target For Eagles

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Embattled president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick has reiterated that preparing the Super Eagles adequately to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title this summer is the major focus of the federation for this year.

Pinnick, who is also the chairman of AFCON Organizing Committee, while making it clear that Nigeria is interested in putting up excellent performances in every competition she is involved in, said winning the 4th AFCON title is long overdue for Nigeria as one of the biggest football –playing nations of the continent.

“There are so many competitions this year and we intend to, as usual, put our best foot forward in each and every one of them. The target always is to emerge victorious. However, the very big one that we do not want to miss is the AFCON title. We have won it three times but we want it for a fourth time so that we can close gap with the likes of Egypt and Cameroon.

“The NFF will work with the technical crew to achieve an excellent preparation of the Super Eagles for the tournament. Everything legitimate would be done to ensure the Super Eagles triumph in Egypt.

“The NFF will equally give the Super Falcons all the support to perform excellently at the World Cup,” Pinnick stated in a statement released by Ademola Olajire, director of communication, NFF.

Egypt have won the continental soccer title seven times with Cameroon coming close with five titles,  while Ghana have four titles to her name.

The Super Eagles have earned a ticket to the finals with a match to spare, following a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg November 17, 2018. They will take on Seychelles in a purely ceremonial session in Asaba on March 22, 2019 to conclude the campaign.

The Draw Ceremony for the expanded 2019 AFCON to 24 teams is expected to be done at the end of March.

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