ThankGod Ike says the home_based Super Eagles squad feel gutted after losing 2_0 to Niger and are determined to do everything to qualify.
Goalkeeping errors from Segun Oluwaniyi handed the hosts two goals in the first half, and a plethora of misses by the forwards consigned the Nigerians to a defeat that has stunned and angered fans back home.
Ike says the players are well aware of the implications of failing to qualify.
â€œWe are all disappointed,â€ the defender told KickOffNigeria.com. â€œNigerians put so much trust in us and we did not deliver. It will be a shame for us if we fail to qualify but we are determined to make sure we donâ€™t miss out.â€
Ike said the team played well enough to win.
â€œThey did not even create chances. We just gave away two goals, but we are not blaming anybody.
â€œWe created so many chances and had about 10 shots on goal and five that went wide. But we were just unlucky not to score.â€œWe wonâ€™t make the same mistake in the second leg.â€That game comes up in Kano in two weeks time.