Falcons’ coach apologises to Nigerians, applauds NFF for support
Danjuma, in reaction to their defeat at the Games, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had to be commended for being supportive.
“First and foremost we apologise to Nigerians by going to the games and not maintaining our name `The African Champions’.
“And to say a big thank you to NFF for supporting the team all the way; I am very grateful because NFF has been a wonderful employer to me.
“This is for having confidence in me and giving me the responsibility of coaching and taking the Super Falcons to the AG with the expectation of winning.
“ NFF has been very supportive throughout from the very beginning to this moment. There has not been a time I felt under pressure by my employers, ‘’ he said.
The coach added that the Games had come and gone but with bitter experience.
“The Games has come and gone with bitter experience because who ever leads a team is to go and win, so I take responsibility for our defeat.
“The lesson we learnt after our defeat is to rebuild and reconstruct with whatever effort we had, tutor the players and raise them up technically and tactically,’’ the coach said.
Danjuma added that lack of professionals also contributed to the failure of the team at the Games.
“We got to the point where we understood the fact that the professionals would not be coming, naturally you take responsibility by working with what you have.
“ Nothing becomes an excuse, so I tried making the players on ground to get the desired result. You know these players are with their foreign club sides.
“So, the lesson has been learnt that no matter the short notice, put in your best efforts for a good outcome, ‘’ Danjuma said.
NAN reports that Nigeria came overall second at the games with 144 medals, comprising 47 gold, 55 silver and 42 bronze.