9 June 2012

Nigeria: Maigari, Green, Amodu Rues Eagles Draw

The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari and other football administrators in the country have expressed disappointment with the outcome of the Super Eagles match against Malawi.

The Super Eagles allowed a last minute equaliser from the Malawians to share a point each in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Malawi.

Alh. Maigari said: "It is unfortunate that they (Malawi) scored with that last touch and denied us three points. But I believe our boys did well considering the fact that this team is work-in-progress.

"We would have loved the three points, which appeared to be in the bag, but we must look ahead and plan how to win the remaining four games in order to qualify for the last round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers."

Member of CAF Technical Committee, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, was shocked by the final-minute howler.

"This is a case of two points lost. We had the three points. I don't understand why Enyeama didn't allow his defender to head the ball away."

Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green said: "The equaliser was very painful. Three points would have been just reward for our hard work today. But we cannot be crying over spilt milk."

NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, was pained. "We were already on our feet to celebrate three points. This kind of thing can be painful. After Gabriel Reuben scored, we should have found a way to keep the advantage."

On his part, former international midfielder and member of NFF Technical Committee, Garba Lawal simply said: "Hard luck, my brother. That is football for you.

Sometimes, you just can't explain how things turn out."

The Nigeria delegation to Blantyre will return to Abuja on Sunday afternoon.

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