The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) at an emergency meeting on Saturday night issued a query to Super Eagles’ head coach Samson Siasia.
NFA’s Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire who disclosed this in a press statement on Sunday in Abuja said the query was over Nigeria’s draw against Guinea on Saturday.?
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2-2 draw ensured the Eagles failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after coming second behind Guinea.
Olajire said NFA Chairman Aminu Maigari had on Saturday ordered that an emergency meeting of the committee be convened to address the way forward for the team.??
“This had followed Saturday’s failure of the Nigerian team to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, after it allowed a late equaliser by Guinea,’’ he said.
The NFA spokesman said the technical committee meeting was attended by members such as Mr Chris Green, Mr. Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Mr. Deji Tinubu, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and coach Christian Chukwu.
The meeting held at NFA’s Glass House secretariat in Abuja also had in attendance Mr. Austin Okocha, Mr. Victor Ikpeba, Mr. Garba Illa, Mr. Garba Lawal and Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme.?
“The committee queried Siasia and asked him to explain the Eagles’ poor performance in the qualifying series within 48 hours,’’ Olajire said.?
NAN reports that the team had fluffed several scoring chances in the first half with Osaze Odemwingie, Chinedu Obasi and Emmanuel Emenike failing to show the needed urgency and precision.
During the game, Guinea had scored 10 minutes into the second half before Obinna Nsofor lashed home the equalizer in the 64th minute, and Ikechukwu Uche put Nigeria ahead shortly after.?
While a 2-1 win would have steered Nigeria to the finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next January as one of the best second-placed teams, the team however allowed an equaliser.
The Guineans equalised with only one minute left in added time to break Nigerian hearts.