Super Eagles players and coaches have assured Nigerians of their determination to earn a spot at the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals to be held in Qatar between November 14 and December 18, 2022.
At a virtual meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday night, Coaches Augustine Eguavoen and Emmanuel Amuneke, as well as the playing body, said they were aware of the huge challenge that Ghana’s Black Stars would present in next month’s two-legged play-off.
They, however, insisted that they were determined to emerge victoriously.
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest football tournament in the world, and every player wants to feature there,” said Captain Ahmed Musa. “A good number of the players in the team now have not been there, and the few of us that have been there, want to experience it again.
We just want the NFF to help us get enough fans into the Abuja Stadium for the second leg. We will go to Ghana and dig our feet and ensure we get a result.
“We must admit that Ghana also want to qualify and they have a strong team. The return leg will be crucial and we are ready for the battle, but we want our fans to be in there cheering us on.”
For the team’s technical adviser, Augustine Eguavoen, it is always an honour to serve the country and he is impressed with the high level of discipline and commitment of the players at the AFCON in Cameroon.
“I feel privileged to lead the group. We have two tough games against Ghana next month but I am not too worried because we have a squad that knows it is a mountain that we have to climb.
“We have a good headache to deal with – which is a surplus of good players. I want to thank the government and the NFF for all the support during the AFCON; we will need even greater support for the World Cup play-off.”