World Cup 2026: We will fight until the end — Gusau

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has assured Nigerians that the federation will take all necessary steps to ensure that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted at the next World Cup to be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. in 2026.

The NFF boss stated this after a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, who summoned the management of the football house over the Super Eagles’ dismal performances in the Match Days 3 and 4 qualifiers against Bafana Bafana. of the Republic of South Africa and cheetahs from the Republic of Benin.

The Sporting Tribune reports that Nigeria could only pick up one point from a maximum of six and are currently languishing in 5th position in the table in a group that has South Africa, Rwanda, Benin, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Gusau, who was visibly saddened by the Eagles’ poor results, said everyone was ready to put Nigeria back on track in terms of qualifying for the World Cup. He added that the football house is collaborating with the Ministry of Sports and will come up with measures that will very soon put smiles on the faces of every football loving Nigerian.

However, he added that the Eagles would rediscover their form ahead of the next round of World Cup qualifiers in March next year as the players would play some AFCON qualifiers. However, he did not rule out bringing in serious players to strengthen the team going forward.

“It is a very sad moment for Nigerian football. We can’t run away from it. But I just want to assure you that we are working tirelessly in cooperation with the Minister to come up with comprehensive measures that will change the face of the whole system so that we can move forward.

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“Remember that (qualifying for the World Cup) is still possible and I want to assure you that we will fight for it and Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup. This is not something I will say now but very soon you will see the big steps that the NFF will come up with and by God’s grace these measures that we will take will lead us to qualify for the next world. Cup.

“And then also don’t forget that for the next round of qualification (for the World Cup) we have the AFCON qualifiers and we will play almost six games until March next year (when the World Cup qualifiers will continue) and by the grace of God he will show Nigerians what steps we are taking or will take, to make sure we qualify for the World Cup.

“We look holistically at the general affairs of the team. And like I said, very soon Nigerians will see the measures we are going to take. Whatever we do, we will do and think outside the box to make sure that wherever we see or find players who are eligible to play for Nigeria, we will try to contact as much as possible to have at least a group of players who will play for the country so that we they helped qualify for the next World Cup.

“And don’t forget, like I said earlier, the AFCON qualifiers are there and by the grace of God, Nigerians will see a total change as far as the Super Eagles team is concerned. And finally, I just want to assure Nigerians that they should continue to pray for us and by the grace of God, I want to assure them that we will fight to ensure that we qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Speaking on whether Finidi George will continue as coach of the national team based on the results recorded by his players, Gusau said the NFF, the former Dutch Ajax Amsterdam winger, has an ongoing contract which the football house will uphold.

“Whatever the situation, be aware that Finidi has a contract. So we still have to respect this treaty and whatever we have to do to ensure that we achieve what we want to achieve, we will do it and Nigeria will know about it very soon,” Gusau said.

Other NFF officials who were part of the meeting are First Vice President Felix Anyansi-Agwu; General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi; Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen; Coach Finidi George and Head of International Competitions Dayo Enebi.

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