Africa will miss Nigeria at AFCON 2015 – CAF President

Nigeria misses out of the African Cup of Nations tournament twice in three years, by the same host.

Draws for the 2015 African Cup of Nations slated for Equatorial Guinea was were held last week and for the second time, Nigeria misses out in a tournament hosted by Central African nation in three years.

Though the 2013 African Champions will not be there at the continental showpiece, president of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Issa Hayatou said that the Super Eagles will be missed.

“The whole of Africa will miss Nigeria in Equatorial Guinea. But the absence will not in any way diminish your stature as a very big and influential nation in the African game.

“It would have been good to have the defending champions here. Nigeria brings so much value to the Africa Cup of Nations. However, we know that you will come back much stronger, as you did in winning the Cup in South Africa last year after missing out of the 2012 championship,” Hayatou disclosed to NFF President,Amaju Pinnick.

He also congratulated Pinnick who was the youngest head of a football federation at the grouping ceremony in Malabo.

“I am happy to see someone like you take charge of Nigeria football. I have always known you right from Nigeria ’99 World Youth Championship to the African Women Championship finals in Delta State in 2002 and 2006. I know your dynamism and capacity and I believe you will deliver for Nigeria football. There is so much promise for the future.”

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