Pinnick: AFCON 2015 would have been better with Nigeria


It is no more news that the African Cup of Nations has come and gone successfully despite all odds. However, its shadows still linger in the minds of many especially in the mind of the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.

Nigeria among other big soccer nations like Morocco and Egypt could not make it to the AFCON. And for Nigerians, it is a thing of pain that their team failed to make it to the tournament. Stephen Keshi who is the coach that failed to qualify the Nigerian team to the tournament is not finding it easy also with the Nigerian soccer fans. Most of them are calling for his resignation or sack but for the “god-fathers” in the highest places that is still giving him a life line.

According to the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, had Nigeria participated in the concluded AFCON in Equatorial Guinea, the tournament would have been a bigger commercial success.

The 44-year old was in Equatorial Guinea as a CAF official and reckoned that even though the tournament didn’t have powerhouses like Morocco and Egypt, it was a success, but added that it would have been a bigger commercial success had Nigeria qualified.

“In football anything can happen and you never can say. Angola was not there, nor were Morocco and Egypt, so it wasn’t just Nigeria and I would say it went well all the same. But they (CAF) would have made more money if Nigeria had been present, and the Nigeria Football Federation would also have made a lot of money if we had qualified,” Pinnick claimed.

He also added, however, that Nigeria must qualify for subsequent Africa Cup of Nations starting from the 2017 edition.

“We now have to sit tight and make sure that we qualify for every Africa Cup of Nations starting from the next one, and as far as I am concerned, it’s going to be a priority for this football house and it’s starting today,” he stressed.



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