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Erstwhile Nigerian international, Pascal Patrick has blamed the current football crisis going on in the country as the rationale for the Super Eagles condemnation against their foes from Congo on Saturday.
The Eagles lost 2-3 to their Congolese opponents in the first group game of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match decided on Saturday at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
Pascal, who watched the encounter from the stands at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar said to supersport.com on Sunday that the Eagles had lost the match even before they entered the pitch for the first 45 minutes.
“I knew the Super Eagles would lose the match because of the current football crisis going on in Nigeria, and you can’t expect an illegal body to have a legal result.
“Chris Giwa who was chosen illegally as the NFF president caused the problem for our players, because he wanted to talk to the Eagles forcefully, and he was disgraced by the security men on ground.
“The scenario really affected the mind sets of our players, because as you can see that the Eagles lost too much concentration in the match,” Pascal said to supersport.com
Pascal now wants the mayhem rocking the Nigeria football to come to and end as it has affected the performance of the Super Eagles who are the current African champions.
“I don’t think anybody can put his money on Congo to beat Nigeria in Calabar, but the Congolese were told that we have a problem in Nigeria, and that was why our Boys were beaten infront of us.
“Other African countries were busy preparing for their qualifiers, but we in Nigeria were busy fighting over the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“Imagine, Keshi went into the game without a valid contract, but I don’t blame him, I blame the sports minister who knows nothing about football,” Pascal said to supersport.com angrily.
Super Eagles’ defeat to Congo puts Nigeria in third spot behind the Central Africans and leaders South Africa while Sudan sits at the bottom of the log.