The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) has sacked the technical crew of the Super Eagles following its failure to qualify for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup scheduled for this year.

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The Austin Eguavoen-led technical crew were largely blamed for the outcome of the match against the Black Stars of Ghana at the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday.

A statement from the NFF Communications Department said the NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years contract offered the coaches “and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.”

“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately,” the statement said.

 “We thank the coaches and team officials for their service to the nation and wish them success in their future endeavours.”

The Eagles match with the Black Stars of Ghana ended 1-1 at the Abuja National Stadium, given the ticket away to their visitors.

The Super Eagles played out a goalless draw against Otto Addo’s men at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday in Kumasi and the result meant they needed an outright win on Tuesday if they would make it through.

The Black Stars shot ahead in the 11th minute when Thomas Partey’s speculative shot squirmed under stand-in goalie Francis Uzoho.

But the Eagles drew level from the spot minutes later, Skipper William Troost-Ekong firing in from the spot after Ademola Lookman was tripped in the Ghana box.

Victor Osimhen had an effort ruled out for offside just before half-time, and that was the last threatening attacking foray by a surprisingly demure Eagles despite vociferous support from the packed crowd at the stadium.

The result means Ghana head to their fourth World Cup finals in Qatar later this year.

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