Super Eagles can qualify for Qatar 2022 without permutations, Supporters Club says -GCFRNG
Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) president Sam Ikpea says the Super Eagles can qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar without permutations.
Ikpea said this in Lagos on Wednesday, in the context of the Super Eagles’ two-legged qualifying matches for the World Cup against Les Fauves of the Central African Republic (CAR).
However, he pointed out that the Super Eagles must seal the qualification ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar without the need for permutations.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the Eagles play the first leg against the CAR Wild Beast at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Thursday.
The return leg will be played on Sunday in Douala, Cameroon.
On his expectations, Ikpea said that the Super Eagles were already in pole position to clinch the only ticket from Group C without necessarily going through any last minute races.
“The Eagles have started quite well, winning their first two games and pocketing the maximum six points.
“My prayer and advice to the team is that they should keep up the winning pace now that they have the opportunity without going through unnecessary pressure.
“The team should focus on winning the next match in the head double in Cameroon this time, so that we don’t have to go through swaps or worry and wait for another team to lose points.
“Now it is possible to seal the ticket once and for all. By doing so, other games will be just a formality that will also be good for the team’s classification, ”he said.
Ikpea said the Supporters Club would not back down in ensuring that the Super Eagles receive much-needed support from Nigerians.
“We, as the 12th player on the field, are solidly behind the Super Eagles to prosper and we are always ready to cheer them on to victory.
“We have been supporting the team since we established it and, until now, we have not looked back. We traveled with the team to Cape Verde to cheer them on as well.
“For those who were unable to go to Cape Verde, we also provided an observation center within our secretariat for people to watch the game. For us, the team was not without support, ”he said.
Ikpea also praised the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for the series of endorsements and partnerships he garnered to make the federation self-sufficient.
“We are very encouraged by the positive developments in Nigerian soccer, as the NFF is closing deals and partnerships with different private organizations.
“Partnerships with MTN, Air Peace, Baba Ijebu and others are positive steps towards achieving self-reliance for the NFF. This will provide us with an era free of financial stress.
“The cash backing will also encourage our national teams to do well, especially the Eagles in their quest to qualify for the World Cup. I’m sure this harvest of eagles will go far, ”he said.
NAN reports that Nigeria currently leads the Group C standings with six points from two games,
Liberia is in second place with three points, while Cape Verde and CAR are each without points. (NAN)