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NFF Confident of Olympic Football Qualification Reprieve For Nigeria

This week, a top NFF official stated “unequivocal” confidence that a formal protest by Nigeria will help overturn the result of the U-23 Afcon qualifiers between Nigeria and Guinea in favour of Nigeria.

Guinea cruised past Nigeria 2-0 on aggregate to qualify for the U23 AFCON, which will also serve as a qualifier for next year’s Olympics football event in Paris, France.

The NFF international department then filed a protest against Guinea to CAF alleging age related impropriety on the part of the Guineans.

“The evidence that (Fode) Camara is not eligible is overwhelming and that is why we are confident Guinea will be disqualified and Nigeria will be reinstated in the competition,” the top official stated to a local online media outlet.

“It may not be the best way to qualify for a tournament, but Guinea cheated, they did not play to the rules and so cannot go unpunished.”

No timeline was given on when CAF will rule on the matter.

The 2023 U23 AFCON will be hosted by Morocco in November.

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