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The Super Eagles have faced a disappointing setback in their quest to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, failing to secure a win in their recent matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

Super Eagles Struggle in 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Minister Demands Explanation


June 11, 2024

The Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, are facing significant challenges in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers following their failure to secure maximum points against the Cheetahs of Benin Republic in a recent match.

The Super Eagles, eager for a victory after a draw against South Africa in their previous fixture, suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to the Benin Republic team, led by former Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr. The match, held in Abidjan, saw Nigeria slip to fifth place in Group C, having garnered only three points from four World Cup qualification games for the 2026 tournament.

This defeat marked Benin Republic’s first-ever victory against Nigeria, compounding the Super Eagles’ struggles in the qualifying series. With four matches played, the Nigerian team has yet to secure a win, having drawn their first three games.

In response to the disappointing results, the Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan Enoh, has requested a comprehensive technical report from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The minister seeks an explanation for the Super Eagles’ lackluster performance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, emphasizing the need for accountability and strategic assessment to address the team’s shortcomings.

The demand for a detailed technical report underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in sports administration. It reflects the concerns over Nigeria’s faltering campaign in the World Cup qualifiers and highlights the importance of thorough evaluation and corrective measures to rejuvenate the national team’s performance.

As the Super Eagles navigate through the challenges of the qualifying series, fans and stakeholders await insights from the technical report to understand the factors contributing to the team’s struggles. The call for accountability signals a proactive approach towards strengthening Nigeria’s footballing prospects and fostering excellence in the sport at the international level.

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