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Pinnick: Nigeria’s Super Eagles won Group of Death – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Pinnick: Nigeria's Super Eagles won Group of Death

Zunis Stopilla of Zambia challenges Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 14:00


The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) leaders were ecstatic after the Super Eagles’ clinched qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals on Saturday.

The Super Eagles edged out Zambia 1-0 thanks to Alex Iwobi’s late goal in a Group B match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.

As a result, the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and NFF general secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi were in buoyant mood as they joined the players in celebration.

“I am short of words. Let me just say that I am very, very happy,” Pinnick told the NFF’s official website.

“This is the sixth time Nigeria is qualifying for the World Cup.

“But this one is very sweet because many referred to our section as a ‘Group of Death’,” he added.

“We have survived. We give glory to God.”

An equally joyous Sanusi said: “We are excited and as this Board has continued to promise, it is not just about qualification.

“We will ensure the best preparation for the team to set a new record of performance for Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup when they go to Russia next year,” he added.

Group B winners Nigeria will take on Algeria away in their last match on 6 November 2017.

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Pinnick cautions Nigeria ahead of Zambia clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Pinnick cautions Nigeria ahead of Zambia clash

Embattled NFF president Amaju Pinnick

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 16:00


Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has asked the Super Eagles to be clinical against Zambia on Saturday.

The two African sides will clash in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.

A victory for Nigeria will see the Super Eagles ease into next year’s World Cup finals which are scheduled to be hosted by Russia, as Group B winners.

When speaking to the NFF’s official website, Pinnick urged the Super Eagles to be calm

when they take on Zambia’s Chipolopolo.

“The tendency is for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match,” Pinnick said.

“I have spoken to them and the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.

“We defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way,” he added.

“That should be the approach for Saturday.”

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Pinnick: Morocco capable of hosting World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Pinnick: Morocco capable of hosting World Cup

Oliseh (left) with NFF president Amaju Pinnick

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 12:00


Morocco’s 2026 FIFA World Cup bid would be backed by CAF according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick.

The tournament is the next one up for grabs, with Russia and Qatar set to host the 2018 and 2022 competitions respectively.

Thus far the United States of America (U.S.A), Canada and Mexico have disclosed plans to submit a joint bid for the 2026 event.

“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and Caf will support them 100%,” Pinnick told BBC Sport.

“I’d be surprised (if Morocco does not put in a bid), but I think they will.

“It’s a country that can host the world. They are very hospitable people, there is a good network of roads and have practically everything,” the CAF executive committee member added.

“If they want to host the World Cup, Caf will support them 100%. Morocco has leaders right now who are eager and excited about developing the game, not just in Africa.

“This weekend they are hosting the French Super Cup – between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco – they’ve hosted the Club World Cup (in 2013 and 2014), they’ve hosted practically everything.”

Morocco made unsuccessful bids for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Africa are amongst the four confederations that can bid for the 2026 tournament.

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