Super Eagles shunned dinner for an emergency meeting as they returned to their hotel following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Madagascar in their final Group B game of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday.
Sportinglife.ng understands that from the outcome of the meeting, the players blamed themselves for failing to rise to the occasion in a match that many were expecting them to win.
A source privy to the meeting told Sportinglife.ng that the players have decided to focus on their Round of 16 fixture which could either be Ghana or Benin Republic with the aim of winning to appease fans who expressed disappointment with the scoreline. A win takes Nigeria into the quarter-final while defeat sends them packing.
“It was a somber mood in camp last night. The long faces said it all,” said our source.
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Had the three-time Africa champions, won the match they would have secured nine points to top Group B.