Nigerians react to Nigeria's exclusion from the Nations Cup which kicks off Saturday in Equatorial Guinea
Again for the second time that Equatorial Guinea will be hosting the Nations Cup, Nigeria will not be there.
The first was in 2012 and three years after, the Super Eagles who won the 29 edition of the tournament in South Africa will not be defending their champions status.
Nigerians are known to lose interest in something quickly if it has no direct benefit to them, but football tends to be one sport that attracts the interest of many regardless social, ethnic, religious and physical sentiments.
Wondering if the same kind of passion would be followed through by some Nigerians, we asked how they are receiving the tournament which starts tomorrow; here are the reactions.
Samson Kukogho a Nigerian journalist said: ‘’Watch it for what? Nonsense. EPL is there for me.’’
That not much of an expected reaction, but a young lady Oke Efagene wrote: ''Yes, because there are other African countries with good talent that will be participating and also for the entertainment,’’ clearly stated there.
The 2014 African footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure alongside the current most expensive African Footballer, Wilfried Bony will both be there for the Elephantts of Cote D’ Ivoire.
One comment from a former player in the Nigerian premier league, Isaac Dachen read: ''I would still follow the competition with a great passion as I have adopted Cote D'Ivoire as my country while the tournament lasts.''
Also, the Bafana Bafana of South Africa who sealed Nigeria’s fate on the last day in Akwa Ibom would be there and they are heavily predicted to reach the final, together with the Desert Foxes of Algeria who are Africa’s male team of the year 2014.
''I will only watch the big teams playing,'' Osagie Alonge said
''will however follow the scores on and commentary on social media,'' Osagie added.