The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) vice president Seyi Akinwunmi has urged Nigerians to judge the Super Eagles on performance rather than AFCON championship triumph.
Akinwunmi’s views follow after weeks of endless high expectations for Nigeria to win the AFCON 2019, which were laid by ex-players, current players and ex-coaches.
“What we have done so far as NFF is that we have put up a programme where the footballers only have to think about football with no extraneous matters,” the vice-president told The Punch.
“So, we expect them to be at their best and do their best. They should strive to win the Cup and if they didn’t win, that does not mean that they have failed.
Akinwunmi added that failure should simply be measured on performance effort rather than the result on the final day of the tournament.
“They can only be termed as a failure if they failed to put in their best and we can judge that with their performance. But sometimes efforts are not enough.
“Sometimes, circumstances may arise, then, we should know that they have tried, not to win at all cost,’’ he concluded.
Gernot Rohr's men kick off AFCON 2019 against Burundi on Saturday 22 June in Alexandria.
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