The Nigeria Football Federation appears to be ready to retrace its steps in the new year following many failures in 2019.
The national U23 and home-based Eagles managed by coach Imama Amapakabo failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and the WAFU tournament respectively.
Also in 2019, the Super Falcons failed to make it to the Olympics, surrendering the ticket to Ivory Coast.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick says the hard focus of the federation in the year 2020 will be on the various qualifying matches for major competitions as well as youth and grassroots development programs.
Pinnick made it known on Tuesday in a press statement forwarded to Futaa, that the football –governing body will set much store by the qualifying campaigns of the Super Eagles for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the qualifiers of the Super Falcons for the 12th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations, and those of the U17 girls and U20 girls for their different FIFA World Cup finals.
“We are also determined to concentrate much effort and resources on youth development programmes, including but not limited to the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Programme. We must continue to churn out quality talents and work hard to nurture them to excellent products who will then fit into the age-grade National Teams and bring honour to the nation at various championships.
“As we have made known, teams representing Nigeria in international matches and competitions will be told in no uncertain terms that they are expected to win, not just participate. The era of simply being there to participate is long gone.”
The draw for the qualifying campaign of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will be conducted in Egypt in January 2020, with 10 groups of four teams each that will produce only the winner from each group advancing to a fierce, five home-and-away battles which will eventually produce Africa’s flagbearers in Qatar.
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