NFF lose patience with Eagles

| January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

On Monday, NFF General Secretary Musa Amadu spared no punches as he made the feelings of the board clear.

“The Super Eagles should just go into Tuesday’s game and show why they are super,” he said in a testy statement.

“Nigerians have lost patience. We have had enough of draws, and it is time to start winning.”

Emeka Inyama, who chairs the Federation’s Media Committee, said the NFF had bent over backwards to do everything required to make the team succeed and would not countenance failure.

“This team has received tremendous support from the Government of Nigeria, the football federation and the good and great people of our country. There is nothing the players or the Head Coach and his crew have requested for that we have failed to provide.

Emeka Inyama 

“After qualifying for this championship, the team has played a number of friendly matches and everything that is needed to spur players and officials on have been provided for them. All that is left now is for the team to go all out and show high level of commitment and patriotic fervour in getting the job done.”

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The NFF organized top-class friendly matches for the Super Eagles in the run-up to this tournament, with the team playing against Venezuela in the United States of America, Catalonia in Barcelona and Cape Verde (one of the first teams to reach the quarter finals here) in Portugal.

They also played against Dutch club FC Rotterdam and Portuguese club Farense during a 20-day final training camp in Faro, Portugal.

“Before the kick-off of the championship and despite limited financial muscle, the NFF ensured payment of salaries of all members of the technical crew till the end of this month,” NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said.

Executive Committee member Chris Green made it clear that the the coach and squad have no excuse not to deliver good performances.

“There is no reason whatsoever for the team to fail. The NFF has done its own part, done virtually everything required of the Federation to prepare a team for a competition and motivate that team.

“The draws against Burkina Faso and Zambia were uncalled for, but those matches are behind us and we have a huge opportunity to put things right against the Ethiopians.”

Cup holders Zambia take on Burkina Faso’s Etalons at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium simultaneously on Tuesday. Depending on results of Tuesday’s matches, the Super Eagles will either remain in Rustenburg or return to Mbombela for Sunday’s quarter finals.

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