Nigeria withdraw from African Nations Championship qualifiers


nigeria flagThe Nigeria Football Federation has withdrawn its team from the 2014 African Nations Championship qualifiers due to financial constraints.
Nigeria were set to play Ivory Coast in Calabar between 21-23 June, in the tournament for locally-based players.
The NFF’s Emeka Inyama announced that the withdrawal was taken by the football authority to cut costs.
“We have a lot of financial commitments and we have to look at the competitions in order of importance,” he explained.
It means that Ivory Coast have qualified for the finals to be held in South Africa next year
The reigning African champions have failed to qualify for the tournament on two previous occasions.
In another move aimed at slashing costs the NFF has cut salaries and bonuses for their players and coaches.

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