By Abiola Shodiya
Soccer-loving Nigerians have continued to rue the Super Eagles’ absence at the African Cup of Nations in two successive occasions and the question on the lips of many is “how did this happen?”
This fueled AOIfootball.com to ask a member of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and the reply is shocking.
A member of the supporters’ club who goes by the name Adekunle popularly known as “Kunu” made some shocking revelations as to why the Super Eagles have failed to qualify for AFCON back to back.
To “Kunu”, the infighting within the Nigeria football supporters club is in itself a bad omen to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He identified the battle for supremacy within the group over the years as the reason for the infighting.
According to Kunu, anytime they fight they bring ‘bad spirit’ to the National Stadium “.
“When Nigeria played South Africa in Uyo, during the qualifiers for Equatorial Guinea 2015, there was a rift between different factions in the club which led to Nigeria not winning the match because of the ‘bad spirit’ caused by the infighting”.
Kunu further advised the Federal Government and the Nigeria Football Federation to intervene and not allow the supporters follow the national teams if they don’t sheathe their swords.
“I don’t even want the supporters to come and support the Super Eagles for the World Cup qualifiers.”
“If the two factions cannot settle, the NFF should not allow them come and support the national team to avoid bringing a bad omen for the team”.
He recalled the glory days of the supporters club, stating: “Supporters club is like a market, everybody comes in, we sing, dance and even buy drinks for one another. But these days, the news you hear is that this one is dead, that one is dead. This is so sad”.
Kunu, who has been a member of the Nigeria supporters club for 21 years, has traveled for five AFCON finals and three World Cup finals.
Copyright 2017 AOIFootball. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.AOIFootball.com as the source.