Nigeria's Super Eagles B defender, Ebube Duru, has blamed late preparations for their failure to qualify for the CHAN tournament.
The Super Eagles B were beaten to the ticket to the Championship of African Nations by Ghana, after a penalty shootout victory by the Black Galaxies.
Ghana defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Cape Coast before two late goals in Abuja saw Nigeria push the game to penalties.
"It’s was a disappointing one for us that Ghana defeated us. We played well but the only problem we had was late preparation for the tie and I think for a good way forward we should do things at the right time and not always start late because it’s really affected us. We have learnt from it," he told Daily Trust Sports.
Nigeria main national team were also edged to the World Cup ticket by Ghana.
"It was painful seeing that Nigeria will not be in Qatar but that is football and I will say this year has not been favourable to us as a footballing nation but I know we re coming back stronger," added Duru.