Lagos - Gombe United coach Austin Eguavoen is confident the Super Eagles can qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, only if the current crisis at the Nigerian Football Federation is resolved.
Nigerian football has endured a tumultuous few months, with government interference and in-fighting amongst the NFF committee members having followed their failed 2014 World Cup campaign.
Those distractions have now appeared to negatively affect the reigning African champions, who lost their opening 2015 AFCON qualifier against Congo before drawing to South Africa.
And, while Eguavoen remains confident of the country's talent, he admits the troubles higher up the ranks could seriously derail the national team's ambitions.
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"We did not start well but I still see the team qualifying for the tournament. All we need do now is not to drop any point in the remaining qualifying games and see if we can win one on the road," the coach told Daily Trust.
"When parents are not settled at home, we all know what will happen to the children. Our matches in Calabar against Congo and the one in South Africa are good examples of how crisis can turn things negatively.
"If we want to play in the next Nations Cup as defending champions, this crisis must be resolved in time. And we cannot afford to drop any points in all the remaining matches."