Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has apologised to Nigerians at home and abroad following the unfortunate exit of the Super Eagles from the ongoing World Cup tournament in Russia.
The three-time African champions needed at least a draw in their final Group D game against Argentina only for the team to succumb to an 86th minute winner from Marcos Rojo.
Rojo’s strike gave the Argentines a 2-1 win over Nigeria as they progressed into the knockout stage at the expense of the Super Eagles.
On the team’s exit, Pinnick while speaking via Punch said: “It was sad losing out when it appeared easier to progress from the group stage. I believe the players did their utmost and wanted to get the better of Argentina for the first time at the World Cup. Losing that way, with few minutes to go, really dampened the spirit.”
“We apologize to all Nigerians from far and near, those who came to Russia to support the team and those who watched on television. Our expectation was for a place in the knockout rounds but that didn’t happen. We will go home and prepare harder for the next finals. In truth, ours is a young and vibrant team capable of learning and getting better, and these attributes hold that the future is bright.” He concluded.