… It is not going to be an easy ride for Nigeria – Adepoju
The General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi has said he is optimistic that Nigeria end the group as leaders following the 2020 World Cup draws held in Cairo yesterday.
The NFF chieftain who was present in Cairo and spoke to our correspondent on phone also said the Super Eagles will respect all teams but will not fear them.
“I have always been saying that football is 11 vs 11. There is no team we can underrate and football is now scientific in nature. If we underrate, we will be in for a shocker.
“Nigeria has respect for the teams but we are not afraid of any team. By the Grace of God, Nigeria will top the group. Looking at what Madagascar did in the last Nations Cup. Nobody gave them a chance but see how they performed,” he said.
In the same vein, Mutiu Adepoju popularly known as Headmaster said the group looks accessible but it can be tricky as well.
“It looks accessible, but we shouldn’t think everything will be done without playing matches. It is tricky group. We should remember what Cape Verde in the last Nations Cup.
It is not going to be an easy ride for Nigeria. If we don’t put in our efforts and we underrate any of the teams, we may be surprised. These kinds of countries can cause problems,” he warned.
The Final Round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.
Former Captain of the French Men’s national football team Marcel Desailly and Coach of Côte d’Ivoire’s Women’s national football team, Clementine Toure assisted CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, to conduct the draw for the group phase of the qualifiers which start in October 2020, continuing until October 2021.
After a round-robin of matches, the winners of the ten groups will qualify to the Final Round of the continental qualification on the journey to Qatar.
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Nigeria’s first game, coming up in October this year, will be against the Lone Star of Liberia, who reached this stage after shoving neighbours Sierra Leone in the first round.