The Nigeria Football Federation believes the much-adored Nigerian Spirit will come to the fore and ginger the Super Eagles to solidify their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying campaign when they take on the Les Fauves of Central African Republic in Douala on Sunday.
The President of the NFF and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said this on Thursday night.
Pinnick said the Eagles have the character to bounce back from the shock home defeat by the Central Africans and still fly very high above other contenders in Group C of the African race by taking the maximum points in Douala on Sunday.
He said: “This result has been a huge shock, especially after the NFF provided everything necessary to make the team comfortable and focused on the task at hand, even going the extra mile in a number of areas. The Federation wishes to appreciate the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government and our partners and sponsors for their support to enable us provide the necessary comfort and conducive environment for the team to succeed.
This is a setback, which can be quickly reversed, and the Nigerian Spirit is what we will take to Cameroon.
“The NFF is backing the team to retain a strong hold on the group and qualify to the knockout phase.
“At the halfway mark of this phase, our Super Eagles still top the group.
“I am in touch with even the players that are injured like Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi.
“They are all very sad with the result.
“The players who featured in today’s match are all very sober and sad.
“They know what is important now is their reaction to the situation when they take to the pitch in Douala on Sunday.
“We believe they will deliver against the same team.”
Pinnick said the NFF was taking responsibility for the defeat and urged Nigerians from far and near to get behind the team at this period.
He said: “Everyone is stunned, but we do not have to be emotional …