Winning AFCON is the big deal for the year – Pinnick
Various Nigerian football national teams will be at the front of either qualifications or tournament finals, but winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations has been set as the priority.
Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation President has said the Super Eagles winning the AFCON title will be the focus for the federation this year
The Super Eagles – three-time winners, last won the title in 2013 – sadly the last time they team qualified for the competition -missing out on the last two editions.
Winning a fourth AFCON to close the gap on Egypt (7), Cameroon (5) and Ghana (4), will be prioritise over all other competitions, according to Pinnick, who also doubles as the CAF 1st Vice President
“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,” he said.
“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 the 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 women’s senior national team will also be at the World Cup later in June of the year – with the reigning African Champions being drawn with host France, alongside Norway and South Korea.
Pinnick also promised that the 11-time women African Champions won’t be short of support in their quest in France.
He added, “The NFF will equally give the Super Falcons all the support to perform excellently at the World Cup.”
Asides the AFCON and FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, Nigerian teams would this year be involved in the Africa U20 Cup of Nations (from where the Flying Eagles expect to qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup), Africa U17 Cup of Nations (from where the Golden Eaglets expect to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup), FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, qualifying series for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations, qualifying series for the All-Africa Games football tournaments, qualifying series for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics football tournaments, qualifying matches for the 2020 African Nations Championship, qualifying matches for the 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, qualifying matches for the 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup and the preliminary round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.