Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, has described the recent FIFA hammer on Nigeria as unfortunate and embarrassing, but believes it is a sign of good things to come.
Nigeria was fined $6,000 and made to forfeit the final WC qualifier against Algeria in Constantine last month for fielding defender Shehu Abdulahi who should have been suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the qualifying series.
In an interview earlier today, the ace sports journalist said: “there are several levels of checks that the NFF put in place, but how this slipped through is just shocking.”
“that the game was not decider is a big relief for us, we just to ensure we always re-check, re-check and re-check.” he added.
According to Ibitoye, it was not time for blame games but rather time to forge ahead with more caution that could see us ultimately do very well at next year’s FIFA World cup in Russia.
Meanwhile, Ibitoye who is with the Super Eagles in Kano, insists the NPFL Super 6 invitational tourney will be a good warm up for the team ahead of the CHAN competition in January.
“The tournament will help us to see areas that need to be worked on, it’s an opportunity to jump – start our preparations for CHAN.” he said.
The Super Eagles play NPFL Champions Plateau United on Wednesday afternoon, in their first game of the Invitational tournament that also features Akwa United, Enyimba, MFM, and Kano Pillars.