NFF President Vows to Ensure Super Eagles Qualify for 2026 World Cup

Determined to Reverse Poor Start in Qualifiers

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Ibrahim Gusau has pledged to take all necessary steps to ensure the Super Eagles qualify for the 2026 World Cup in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This announcement came on Thursday in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan Enoh, aimed at addressing Nigeria’s poor performance in the qualifiers.

Following the meeting, Gusau expressed optimism about Nigeria’s chances and emphasized the federation’s commitment to working closely with the sports ministry and other stakeholders to devise a winning strategy for the Super Eagles.

“We are going through a tough time in Nigerian football, but I assure you that we are working tirelessly with the minister to come up with holistic measures to change the situation and move forward,” said Gusau. “We are going to fight to the end to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup.”

Nigeria currently sits fifth in their qualifying group, with only three points out of a possible twelve. The group includes South Africa, Rwanda, Benin, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Despite the disappointing start, Gusau remains confident that the Super Eagles can turn things around.

The NFF President highlighted the federation’s plans to overhaul the system and implement significant changes to boost the team’s performance. “We are looking at the overall affairs of the team. Soon, Nigerians will see the measures we are taking. We will explore all avenues to find and bring in players fit to represent Nigeria and help us qualify for the World Cup,” he added.

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Gusau also assured continued support for Super Eagles head coach Finidi George, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and strategic planning to achieve their goals.

The meeting, attended by top NFF officials, including Vice-President Felix Anyansi-Agwu, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Technical Director Augustine Eguavoen, Coach Finidi George, and Head of International Competitions Dayo Enebi, focused on formulating a comprehensive plan to improve the team’s prospects.

Gusau concluded, “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to get the Super Eagles back on track and ensure they qualify for the 2026 World Cup.”

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