NFF boss tasks Super Eagles to go for AFCON 2019 trophy
NFF boss tasks Super Eagles to go for AFCON 2019 trophy
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NFF boss tasks Super Eagles to go for AFCON 2019 trophy

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who is also 1st Vice President of CAF and President of AFCON, has challenged the team to stay focused on winning the top prize at Africa’s flagship tournament, when visiting the team on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles, for the first time, trained in Alaxandria, where they will play two of their three Group B matches at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

“Do not take any team for granted. Easy groups exist only on paper; things are different on the pitch. The NFF will ensure you get all that is due to you.

"This is a very important tournament and Nigerians are fully behind you. You should do your very best not to disappoint them.

“The NFF is happy about the situation in camp; the commitment, discipline and dedication of each and everyone of you. You have all the quality of a champion team and everything about you is positive.”

Responding, Captain Mikel John Obi promised that the three –time African champions will be very professional on and off the pitch and do all they can to make the country proud.

“Mr. President, we thank you for all that you have done for this team over the years, as the head of Nigerian Football. We appreciate your honest approach to all issues that concern our welfare.

“We all are aware of what is at stake. This tournament will not be child’s play or a stroll in the park, but we are ready. It will be tough but when it gets tough, we will get tougher.”

The AFCON 2019 kicks off on Friday with host Egypt taking on Zimbabwe after the opening ceremony.