By Andah John
Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung will meet with the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, an official said on Sunday.
A heavy hush blanketed the packed Next of Champions, with fans standing silently, shoulder to shoulder under a charcoal-grey sky as South Africa stunned Nigeria 2-0 in a 2019 Afcon qualifier.
Rantie and Percy Tau struck the goals that gave the Bafana Bafana their first win in a competitive game over the three-time African champions in the Group E clash.
The defeat leaves Nigeria in third, trailing South Africa and Libya, who spanked Seychelles 5-1.
A stalemate by the ministry on Sunday read, Ikem-Anibeze said further that Dalung has meanwhile urged football lovers and other Nigerians to collectively support the Super Eagles in their quest for 2019 AFCON and 2018 World Cup tickets.
“This is a temporary setback which is surmountable. We need to sit with the Technical Committee and the team’s technical crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback.
“We have very young talented players in the Super Eagles and we trust that with more hard work and determination, this result can be reversed when we go to South Africa,’’ Dalung was quoted as saying.
He said further that Saturday’s match was just the beginning of a long journey.
“The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can’t afford to be absent at the AFCON for a third consecutive time.
“We must do all within our means to support the team when they win and when there’s a setback.
“We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon,’’ Dalung added.