Nigeria coach apologises for Nations Cup let-down

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Nigeria's coach apologises for missing goal opportunities that would have squeezed them a spot in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, excusing himself by saying that sometimes football can be cruel

Samson Siasia
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia

After the 2-2 draw to Guinea and failing to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (CAN), Nigeria coach Samson Siasia apologised to all Nigerians.

"We want to apologise to all Nigerians” Siasia said at the game’s post press conference.

"We have not qualified for the Nations Cup and we take responsibility as a team,"

"We did our best, we dominated the game, we created chances, but we failed to make use of it and we gave up a last minute goal,” he added.

"We understand the frustration of the fans because they love their team so much. But sometimes, football can be cruel," the 44-year old tactician concluded.

Eleven points were not enough for The Super Eagles to finish as one of two best runners-up to book a spot in the African championship to take place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Despite his apology, the Nigeria Football Federation called an emergency meeting following the match and says in a statement released Sunday that Siasia will have 48 hours to explain the country's failure to qualify for next year's African Cup of Nations.

Former champions Egypt, Cameroon and South Africa will also miss the African Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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