AFCON 2019: NFF focused on qualification – Seyi Akinwunmi

AFCON 2019: NFF focused on qualification – Seyi Akinwunmi

The first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi on Friday revealed that following the recent happenings in the federation the Amaju Pinnick led board is now focused on the 2019 African Nations Cup (AFCON).

“The truth is this: the World Cup has come and it has gone. We need to focus on the nations cup qualification and we need to focus very seriously on that; especially given the turmoil that has enveloped Nigerian football in the past few weeks we need to ensure we keep our eye on the ball. That’s what we need to do as a nation,” he said during a press conference in Lagos.

Adding that “While we are doing that, we need the press to send out a message to all Nigerians that our focus is not the politics of football, our focus is the qualification of the Nigerian Super Eagles for the African Nations Cup given the fact that the last two editions did not feature the Super Eagles.”

“If we cast our minds back we would see that similar things to what’s happening now is partly what caused our absence then and we need as a nation to learn from past experiences. We as the NFF have learnt and that’s why we are keeping our focus,” Barr. Akinwunmi said.

After his welcome address, the Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr went ahead to reveal his 24 man list for the AFCON qualifier against Seychelles in September.

Rohr then took questions concerning the transfer of several Super Eagles players saying he is impressed with the movement name checking most of them who he reckons have made impressive movements across different leagues.

Players are expected to report to Seychelles on the third of September from their various European clubs while Ikechukwu Ezenwa (the only home-based player) is expected to move with the coaching crew from Nigeria to Seychelles.

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