By Ben Efe
Nigeria Football Federation technical committee chairman, Taiwo Ogunjobi, said that it was not over for the home-based Eagles in CAF Championships of African Nations CHAN.
The Eagles lost 2-0, to their Niger Republic counterparts in the first leg of the qualifiers decided in Niamey. The second leg of the qualifier will be played in Kano this weekend andÂ Ogunjobi believes that the home Eagles coached by Daniel Amokachi can overturn the result and qualify for the tournament billed for Sudan.
â€œAll is not lost for the Eagles. We are hopeful of a win good enough to qualify us for the tournament,â€ Ogunjobi said.
The Eaglesâ€™ players complained of hostile climatic conditions in the first leg. But that not withstanding, the NFF is insisting that the match will hold at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano, a city that has the same climatic conditions with Niamey.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the maiden edition of the tournament hosted by Coteâ€™d Ivoire and won by the Congo Democratic Republic. Nigeria was denied qualification by Ghana with a 3-2 aggregate win after the second leg ended 0-0 in Calabar.