Monday, NFF President Aminu Maigari is still optimistic of Nigeria’s
chances at the on going FIFA 2014 World Cup.
Despite dominating proceedings, Nigeria failed to find an
answer to Iran’s resolute defending in Monday’s game at the Estadio
Joaquim Americo Guimaraes in Curitiba.
But Maigari insists he is confident that Nigeria will make it to the next round of the competition.
“I remain optimistic and confident that the Eagles will still
qualify,” Maigari said on board the TAM Air flight that brought the NFF
delegation back to Sao Paulo after the match. “Certainly, the Government
and people of Nigeria were expecting victory in this game, but that is
football for you.
“I have spoken with the head coach and he knows as well that victory
against Bosnia-Herzegovina is non-negotiable. The team will do what is
necessary to earn the three points and then face with Argentina with
Maigari called on fans to continue to support the team, adding that
the players will consider the result as a wake-up call to improve on
“I want our people to remain strong behind the team and continue to
support the players and technical crew with their prayers. The
tournament is just starting, and the team has also seen this match as a
wake-up call,” he said.
Argentina now top Group F with three points while Nigeria lie second
with Iran on one point each, and the Bosnians bottom without a point.