W/C Qualifiers: We’re on track, says NFF

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NFF President Amaju Pinnick
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, excited with the Super Eagles performance

By Emmanuel Afonne

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has commended the Eagles for their superlative performance which ensured victory against their Algerian counterparts in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier played in Uyo on Saturday.

Pinnick gave commendation in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Ademola Olajire, the Assistant Director of Communications but warned that the race was still a long way from over.

It would be recalled that Victor Moses and Mikel Obi were on target as the Super Eagles humbled their Algerian counterparts 3-1 in encounter.

The match which was played at the Goodswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, saw the Eagles in full control of the match and are now top of their Group B with six points.

Pinnick celebrated the three precious points against Algeria but insisted that the Eagles must continue to take their qualifying matches one after the other.

“This victory is very, very sweet. But as I said after the match in Zambia, this is a marathon.

“We have now won two matches out of six, and as a result of the draw between Cameroon and Zambia, we are looking very good on top.

“The best approach is to keep focus, to know that we are not there yet but that we surely will be there by putting more effort in each of our next four matches.”

The Super Eagles next play Cameroon at home on Aug. 28, and away within a week, next year.

Pinnick insists those two games will be tough.

“Cameroon have drawn their first two matches of the series and will play us hard in both legs, but we have to play them even harder,” Pinnick said.

Nigeria have recorded six points from two matches, while Cameroon are second on two points after they forced Zambia to a 1-1 draw at home.

Zambia are third on a point ahead of Algeria.

The qualifying tournament will resume in August 2017 with the Eagles hosting their Cameroonian and Zambian counterparts, while the team travel to Algiers to engage the Algerian team.


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