The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has turned its attention to getting the senior men’s national team ready the next stage of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers whilst leaving the furore over the results from the double-header qualifiers against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the past.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are billed to face the Squirrels of Benin Republic on Monday, March 22, 2021 and the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Tuesday, March 30 in the concluding fixtures of the qualifying series.
Ademola Olajire, the NFF’s Director of Media and Communications told the media of the Federation’s determination to ensure the Eagles picked the points required to qualify for the biennial continental tournament.
“The Sierra Leone match is gone. Nigeria still tops the table, though we should have won the ticket outright by beating Sierra Leone in at least one of the games. We have the Benin match to look up to, and a win is non-negotiable,” he emphasised.
In the same vein, ex-Super Eagles left back, Ifeanyi Udeze, who closely followed the ties against Sierra Leone, distilled the issue with performance to a lack of cohesion in the squad. He therefore urged the Eagles to learn to play as a unit if they desired success in their games.
“Super Eagles need to keep being committed on the field. Losing concentration and not playing as a unit affected their performance in the first leg of the qualifiers with Sierra Leone.
“They should focus on winning their remaining matches to qualify for the AFCON,” Udeze admonished his compatriots representing the country in these qualifiers.