President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and CAF Executive Committee member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has played down insinuations that Nigeria might not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, as they will work hard to make sure they berth both competitions.
According to him, since Nigeria lost 2-0 to South Africa in Uyo, both him and members of the NFF Executive Committee have not rested on their oars as they have been busy working and strategising on how the country can scale through the qualifiers.
In an interview with newsmen, Pinnick disclosed that as a member of FIFA Competitions Committee, he did not go for the just concluded Confederations Cup, U-20 World Cup and a host of other competitions because he wants to stay home and work hard to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for both the World cup and AFCON.
“We want to qualify and we will work very hard to make sure the Super Eagles qualify.
“Since Nigeria lost to South Africa, I and my board members have not rested for one day. And as a member of the FIFA Competitions Committee, I have not been to all the FIFA competitions that were held recently, like the Confederations Cup, and the U-20 World Cup in Korea despite the fact that, I have the tickets to attend both events and others; I am focusing on making sure that Nigeria will qualify.
“There is no cause for alarm. I believe that by the special grace of God, Nigeria will make it to both competitions,” Pinnick assured.