SEKONDI, Ghana (AFP) - The future of German coach Berti Vogts will be discussed by the board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Saturday after the Super Eagles failed to beat Mali in a decisive Group B match and now risk a first round elimination from the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
"Everyone is disappointed with the performance of the team. Only something of a miracle will now see us qualify for the quarter-finals after we could not beat Mali on Friday," a top official said.
"We will also review the performance of the team and that will of course include the performance of the coach."
Nigeria are third in Group B with a single point from two matches after their goalless draw with fellow west Africans Mali, who need only a draw with a depleted Ivory Coast team Tuesday in Accra to now reach the last eight.
The last time the Super Eagles failed to go past the first round of the Nations Cup was in 1982 after losses to Algeria and Zambia.
Another official disclosed that Vogts, who took charge of the team in March 2007, may have lost favour with two of his most powerful backers and could well be asked to go even though his contract runs till 2010.
"The team do not have any excuse for this sort of performance. We have played two matches with not a goal to show They were given everything they required and so we have to sit and evaluate the whole situation," said the team official.
Nigeria begin their qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup with a home game against tournament hosts South Africa in May and officials said they had planned to use the Nations Cup to prepare for this quest.
Disappointed Nigerian fans attacked the team bus as it made its way out of the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi after the Mali match late Friday.
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