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At Last, NFF Gets CAF Balls





The controversy surrounding the non-availability of footballs provided by CAF may now come to rest as a top official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed.

Also, the Super Eagles will return to training late next month or early in August to begin preparations for their Russia 2018 World Cup back-to-back qualifiers against Cameroon, the official said

“As we speak we have cleared the CAF balls, which some people attributed for the loss. We have also looked at the game holistically and come to the conclusion that we just had a bad day in office.


“We want Nigerians to support this team rather than insulting the players. This is just the first loss in six matches and there are so many more games ahead.”

On Tuesday, NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green told, the federation’s official website that the defeat has “come when we still have the opportunity to rectify things and prepare harder for the remaining matches of the FIFA World Cup qualifying race.

“Losing to South Africa was never in our calculation, but it has happened. Someone once said that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” he added.

“Now, everyone, including the technical crew and the players, know that we must work harder than we have ever done, dig deeper than we have ever done and show the kind of commitment greater than we have ever shown in the two qualifying campaigns.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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