Erstwhile Super Eagles head Coach Emmanuel Amunike has admitted that Nigerians deserved more and has pleaded for forgiveness following the failure of the team to pick a ticket for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Amuneke was a member of the Super Eagles technical crew over the two legs of the playoff that saw Ghana edge out Nigeria for the Qatar 2022 ticket.
Ghana booked their place on away goals, holding Nigeria to a goalless outcome in Kumasi before securing a 1-1 result in front of a packed 60,000 capacity Moshood Abiola Stadium in return leg.
The Super Eagles came into the game as favorites, however what transpired in Abuja during the second leg.
Nigeria has now failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since missing the 2006 edition in Germany.
However, while addressing the situation Amuneke explain that the coaches take sole responsibility for the events that unfolded in the second leg and apologized to Nigerians.
” I’m not happy, I’m very sad right now,” said the Coach. “The least was we should just qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but unfortunately we couldn’t achieve it.”
“I was supposed to be in Doha for the draw and FIFA congress, but I cancelled it, because it makes no sense going there, while Nigerians are sad,” Amunike told BRL.
“My plea to Nigerians is that, they take heart and let’s focus on the positives and how we can bring our football back.
“I can understand their feelings and pains, they deserved more than what they got. It’s painful, I haven’t stepped outside since the game finished on Tuesday,” He concluded.
Meanwhile, following the failure Amuneke and other members of the Super Eagles Technical crew have been dismissed by the Nigeria FA.
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