The Federal Government has taken the advice of former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to demand an explanation from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the country’s failure at the Qatar 2022 qualifying match.
The Eagles had failed to pick one of the five continental tickets to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
They were one of the five seeded teams and were bookies’ favourites to pick a ticket despite being drawn against West African arch-rivals, Black Stars of Ghana in the final play-off.
Following a gusty goalless draw away against the Black Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium, the Super Eagles were held 1-1 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja as the Ghanaians progressed to Qatar 2022 on the away goals rule to the chagrin of Nigerians.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, have demanded a written explanation of the sad development as the country shockingly missed her seventh World Cup appearance.
A source who pleaded anonymity said, “Football is the number one sport in the country and the government is not happy that the sport that brings joy to the people is suffering a decline after the poor AFCON outing and now the World Cup ouster.
“The NFF has been told to explain why in clear time why this happened despite the huge support by the fans and also the government’s effort to create a good template for the game.”
Our correspondent further gathered that the NFF has been given up till the close of work by April 4 Monday (today) to explain in writing why the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup along with other sundry issues bothering on the free-fall of Nigerian football.
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