Nigeria need for 'miracle' to qualify for CAN 2015, says ex-sports minister

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Oct 2014

Nigeria's former sports minister believes the Super Eagles are on the ropes, tailing their group in the CAN 2015 qualifiers

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File Photo: Nigerian players react after France defeated Nigeria 2-0 during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014 (Photo: AP)

After tailing Group A of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers with a solitary point, Nigeria's former Minister of Sports Bala Ka’oje revealed that the Super Eagles need a miracle to reach the tournament finals in Morocco.

The African Champions' hopes of defending their African Nations Cup title were dealt blow when they lost two games during the CAN 2015 qualifiers, 3-2 to Congo and 1-0 to Sudan, alongside a 0-0 draw with group leaders South Africa.

"If we had won this match (Sudan), we would have rekindled our hope. But now that we lost it, our survival will be miraculous," Ka’oje told the News Agency of Nigeria.

"I am very sad the way our football is moving. We are not consistent at all, and anything done without consistency can never move forward," he added.

"We are facing a serious problem in terms of football development in this country, and I don’t see us recovering quickly because the problems are still hanging around," he said.

Nigeria will face Sudan Wednesday in the fourth matchday of the qualifiers. They have to win the game to raise their hopes of reaching the tournament finals in Morocco.

"We will keep hoping that our team qualifies, but if they fail to qualify, then, we will have to go back to the drawing board and the government must face the situation squarely and put things in order," Bala Ka’oje concluded.

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