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2022 WCQ Play-offs: Super Eagles To Know Opponent In January 

2022 WCQ Play-offs: Super Eagles To Know Opponent In January 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will know their opponent in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs in January, Completesports.com reports.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) who revealed this during their Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt on Friday, picked January 26 for the draw. 


The draw was initially billed for December 18, but it has now been shifted for a month.

The ten group winners from the second round of qualifying will face each other in a home and away tie to determine the five African countries that will be at the World Cup.

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 The January FIFA rankings will also be used to determine the seeds as opposed to the November rankings.


The Eagles are one of the ten group winners and should be among the top seeds as they are currently ranked fifth on the continent.

Meanwhile, there is the possibility of the Eagles playing their home futures away from home after CAF ruled that VAR will be used in the play-offs.

The football body added that any country that does not have VAR facilities installed would be forced to play its home game at an away ground that has the facility.

By James Agberebi 

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  • Sugar Daddy 2 months ago

    The New Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin city has the VAR installed…The turf is good and ready for the matches

    • Great 2 months ago

      Don’t use that stadium. We would either loss or draw. Go down Memory Lane, you will understand.

      • Michel 2 months ago

        If not that Nigeria is such an un serious country, otherwise there is still enough time to install those facilities in any of our stadiums.

  • Great 2 months ago

    Great 3 hours ago
    My fellow Nigerians and Super Eagles fans,let us be realistic, is Moses Simon, a player for the Super Eagles? His performance for the Super Eagles leave much to be desired.

    I have watched him in the Super Eagles time and time again but don’t see what exactly he is playing for the national team.

    A lot of people will come here and say he has the best assist in Europe, does that translates into great performances while in national team? No.

    The quality of a good coach is a function of the kind of players he fields, the kind of tactics he deploys in games, the kind of substitutions he makes during play and his winning mentality.

    I have critically studied this coach using the aforementioned parameters and he is found deficient in all.

    His body language and utterances before, during and after matches are really unprofessional. Eg,after the last game, he said, the draw is like win to Nigeria.

    I don’t know what he thinks of Nigerians, are we low in logical reasoning? No, not at all.

    This set backs in our national team is still been supported by some Nigerian who are contented with mediocrity.

    The Egyptian national team coach was fired during the qualifiers, they still qualified from the group as the best team. Why is Nigeria different???

    • onwajunior 2 months ago

      I think Moses Simon’s case is not that different from Aiyegbeni’s – great player in training but almost useless in matches. I remember watching SE’s training in Abuja, Yaks was by far one of the best, the coaches spent some time strategizing around Yaks. I think Simon performs so well in training, hence the reason why Rohr keeps playing him. We saw his freekick during their recent training >>> https://twitter.com/MrMowiz/status/1460307640442048528

      Maybe Rohr would be like “Even if he plays rubbish at least if we get one freekick around the box he’ll score” lol….I’m sure there’s a name for the syndrome where one is comfortable playing amongst familiar faces…lol

    • Sean T 2 months ago

      @Great nobi only u notice am ooo my brother. Simon performance has been a whack since Afcon 2019 and yet the mumu Coach keep using him all in the name of wing back. Not only him even Kalu has been very poor in the Eagles shirt. His only spark for the SE was in the friendly against Ukraine and maybe 1 or 2 more chances. Wingers, strikers and midfielders are rated by their goal contributions. Either assist or goals but those 2 are not producing any positive performance so why can’t the coach just axe them from the team till maybe when they pick form. If not that Kalu excuse himself for the qualifier, am sure clueless Rhor will still include hin in the team despite his loss of form. Meanwhile we have Dennis, Dessers, Awoniyi, Sadiq Umar. Even Aribo can still play from 7 bcos that’s where he’s being used at Rangers. Som1 posted video of a defender Anthony Iluchukwu. Mehn the guy is good. Better than Ekong and Balogun combined together.Our midfielders should be Ndidi, Iwobi, Onyeka and Etebo when he’s back. Have heard about Alhassan Yusuff but didn’t know anything about him. In conclusion SE don’t need Musa, Ighalo, Simon, Shehu Abdullahi and Akpeyi. Balogun or Ekong should be drop from the team and anyone that makes it from the 2 has to be on the Bench. Aina, Ebuhehi, Bassey, Sanusi, Awaziem, Semi Ajayi and Iluchukwu are our best defenders for now and all 7 should be in Afcon. Lastly Chukwueze, Ejuke,Akinkunni Amoo to understudy and Lookman if his switch is completed

    • The draw was even more than a win, because our players became nervous and were under great pressure because they were playing at home (Lagos for that matter) and also stood the risk of not qualifying if they lost the match. Nigerians really tied a great stake to the match. That was why none of our players wanted to be more adventurous or make any mistakes so that nobody will blame them or threaten them in case we lost. I’m sure we would have played a lot better if the stakes were lower. But the stakes were just too high. That was why at the end of the match, the draw was like winning, because despite all the odds we qualified

      • Mahmud Shuaib 2 months ago

        Stakes higher against CAPE VERDE..LOL

        Am sure they will die on the STAKES against a better team. Lol

        Mediocre coach with a mediocre set of blind followers.

  • onwajunior 2 months ago

    Lol…CAF with its usual ways…most likely the ogas @ the top are hoping for a favorable January ranking. SE may go down because of our loss to CAR.

  • Great 2 months ago

    Nigeria should as a matter of urgency install VAR in Abuja Stadium

  • Richie 2 months ago

    I’m very sure this Draw was postponed because of the current South Africa/Ghana dispute lodged with FIFA at the moment…as it stands, they’re still yet to rule on that case, and as we all know with African football, anything could happen at any moment…the joy of Ghanaians might just turn out to be short-lived…but we’ll see though

    • Chima E Samuels 2 months ago

      Just my thoughts as well. CAF is good at delaying whatever doesn’t have South Africa. We are watching!

      • Richie 2 months ago

        …the “Motsepe effect”, I guess. LoL

      • Richie 2 months ago

        Same way Hayatou cornered everything in sight go Cameroun dat year, or any francophone concerns, like the CAF Awards for example lol..dat year, after Eto’o, na Eto’o LOL

        • Bobby 2 months ago

          @Oakfield, has Rohr ever won a cup before since being in this business for over 30 years? Do you know he coached Zidane but today, can you compare him with Zidane?

          • Oakfield 2 months ago

            If the bronze trophy is not a trophy I wonder what it is. How many competitive tourneys has he featured in apart from the afcon and world cup that he led us to after we found our way out of the wilderness? Has he played more than one afcon since he came on board? Pls, answer me.

    • onwajunior 2 months ago

      That may be thd excuse, but I don’t think it makes sense as both SA and Ghana are not in the top 5. The could have done the draws this week while waiting on Fifa’s decision…maybe something like “SA/Ghana vs xxx”

  • Oakfield 2 months ago

    I can’t wait…. I thought that little Satan full of lies, deceit and wickedness in the person of the ex cricket international “Ode” said that rohr would’ve been gone by now but the white guy is still around waxing strong and planning for next years afcon. Hahaha.. I can imagine the kind of running stomach they’d be having by now bcs nothing has happened to the white dude. Hahaha… In fact, they appear to be the ones who have gone and disappeared into oblivon. Bunch of shameless dudes that do want to respevt their age. Evil men everywhere.

    • @Oakfield that’s what you get when you don’t want to see positives or reason behind someone making a decision. Let me dive into politics a bit Here to explain my point. Back then when GEJ was in power, I used to attend a lot of tech conferences on Lagos. There was a lot of talk around Nigeria’s GDP which was 6% at that time. During the years before the election, for those that supported Nigeria’s campaign. A lot of noise came from no where saying that we are growing at 6% now, Nigeria has a lot of resources to grow faster especially in the 8 – 10% category, bla bla bla. Fast forward to 8 years of Buhari, we are not even at 6% anymore. We just hit 5% this year because of uptake activities after the COVID lockdown. In the end, this Rhor that people are criticizing this and that about him might just turn out to be one of the great coaches Nigeria has contracted.
      Just as we had Troussier in the past that qualified us for World Cup and was relieved only to end up as a revered coach in Japan.

      • Oakfield 2 months ago

        U just nailed it Ben. They asked him to submit a technical report so that they’ll figure out ways to sack him but guess what? His technical report would be scored excellent bcs he met the targets given to him by vi’s a vi’s qualifying for the nations cup which he did for the umpteenth time with a game to spare and on course to qualifying us for a second consecutive world cup under his auspices whilst topping the group. Undisputebable facts are there to speak for him. If this is not an excellent performance, I really wonder what it is? He has delivered the goods in good condition and is still willing to deliver more God willing. But, those evil bad belle hungry agents would always want to paint a grim picture of his achievements. We know them.

        • Benakay 2 months ago

          @ Oakfield and Ben:

          Nigerians are our own worst enemies. They don’t like his boring (but effective, in terms of results) football and they want to get rid of him immediately. No backup plan, as usual, and hoping God will ‘deliver’ a world class coach in Rohr’s stead. Abject stupidity, if you ask me.
          Now, the North Africans (specifically Egypt) have figured Nigeria is in turmoil and have plotted a scheme to have Egypt surpass Nigeria for 5th spot in the FIFA rankings, by using the January 2022 FIFA Rankings (instead of the agreed November 2021 FIFA rankings) as the determining factor for seeding. This way, ALL North African teams will be seeded and not play each other for a WC spot. They are banking on the fact that Egypt will defeat Nigeria in the AFCON opener and thus, overtake Nigeria in the rankings. Very smart on their part.
          But Nigerians, as always, are foolishly focused on irrelevant things, as opposed to the bigger picture. Prolonged fight over the coaching situation, in spite of the obvious – that even though Rohr delivered on ALL his performance metrics, those people, who feel they know it all (but in reality, are lacking in foresight) are demanding he be removed.
          Its really frustrating that these same people are incapable of basic reasoning and cannot understand the ramifications and the negative impact of their actions on the primary objective of Nigeria making the world cup. History, which should serve as a guide, is always lost on these people, who are hell bent on repeating the same mistakes Nigeria made with Phillipe Troussier and Amodu Shuaibu (RIP). Same result, different day.
          Nigeria, as it is, is heading for a lose-lose situation. The worse part is that it is a self inflicted gunshot wound. This is not Rohr’s fault or the NFF’s fault. It is the fault of stupid, know-it-all, incredibly dumb Nigerians who have highjacked the process.

          • Oakfield 2 months ago

            [email protected] benakay…. This is one of the reasons why we are where we are today in this country. They wanted change, kicked and fought against good luck Jonathan and yelled for change, tossing caution into the wind in the process. God eventually answered them and gave them the master of change himself. Lol.. Everybody dy feel the breeze now I guess. So will be the fate of the super eagles Ifcare is not taken.

    • Mahmud Shuaib 2 months ago

      Oga sir..©BOBBY’s question was straight and direct: innROHR’s 30 pdd years of coaching what are his trophy collections?

      Even the following won BRONZE MEDALS at their first attempts; EGUAVOEN, CHRISTIAN CHUKWU, SHUAIBU AMODU

      Keshi won gold and made WC second round in his first attempts and thats after SE failed to make 2012 AFCON since you always like to remind us of how ROHR qualified us after back to back failures!

      A coach who loses to CAR at home still coaching us to me is the greatest fraud of the 21st century

  • @Oakfield remember I said this some days ago. That Eguavoen been someone from Edo State like me doesnt back sentiments when there is no cogent reason. It doesn’t sit well with us at all.
    Another point is that we don’t even talk anyhow, las lad, we will just leave the work for you. Later when you realize our efforts, na beg o. At that time we won’t listen sef.

    I was waiting for Sunday Dare since Monday to make noise. He is quiet and his stomach is turning in all manner of context.

    • Oakfield 2 months ago

      Hahahah… @ben… No mind them! Shebi their parrot was singing the other day like a drunken sparrow in one of his useless articles that rohr would be no more by weekend and there was jubilation in their camp but lo and behold, it is them that are no more. All of them have disappeared while Rohr still stands gidi gbam with is achievements and excellent score card. they must be taking turns to the latrin by now with their running stomach. Defecating everywhere like plague infested parasites.. Lol…..and wondering, “what has gone wrong” but have forgotten that the dude they want to sack always beats them to their game with an undisputable score card. Is it easy to sit tops of a world cup qualifier group or to qualify for afcon with a game to spare the second consecutive time under his watch?
      Standing shoulder to shoulder with other continental giants who made it through to this stage? Something that was a herculean task for his predecessors to the point some of them had to jump out of the ship in to the lagoon whilst abandoning the team in the middle of the sea. Imagine, the situation was soooo bad that the nff had to give this dude “qualifying for afcon” as a target when he came o board. He met the target with a game to spare and went ahead to clinch a medal against all odds. It is only a foolish enoloyer that would sack a worker that delivers the goods and meets his targets which in turn would lead to the overall growth of the company. It really doesn’t matter how it was done but what the executive board wants to see results, targets met and the way forward.. Thank you jare. U get sense.

  • After rewatching our last math with CV this evening and redigesting it, the following are my observations.

    Okoye: We now have a number one goalkeeper. He stood tall when the chips were down especially during the dying minutes of the game as he rallied our players and continued dishing out instructions. He wonderfully well in the dying minutes of that match. Akpeyi would have surely melted and fainted under such a pressure.

    Balogun: Balogun is a very good defender, but he doesn’t have pace. And that’s a big problem. It is high time we blooded a new CB or CBs into the team. That is why we have to invite more players and play as many friendlies as possible before AFCON.

    Iwob: I like that guy. All the corner kicks he delivered for us were all on-point unlike all these balloon-in the-air corner kicks by other players. With more practice and deliveries, I believe he come good in this regard. But my honest plea to him is that, he shouldn’t allow Everton to waste his time and talent on the bench. If his lack of adequate game time continues at Everton, he should look for where he will get more game time and improve more. Practice actually makes perfect. Money should be his motivation………because more money and even a better club will come when he improves.

    Iheanacho: Unlike Ighalo who never rested but continuously pressed the CV defenders whenever they want to start the build up from the back, Iheanacho came in and did senior-man most of the times instead of pressing the defenders all the as Ighalo did. I think he should be more serious when he is wearing the SE shirt.

    Ighalo: Ighalo was brought back from retirement for two things, experience and goals. But funny enough, when the chance to score came calling, he fluffed it. That was actually one of the best chances in that match, but he fumbled it. Maybe, it is because he is just making a comeback to the team. I dunno. Perhaps, he will do better in subsequent matches. Also, I dunno. But another thing I observed is that he doesn’t have pace just like Balogun. That’s a big problem. Because we really need fast strikers. The coach has to do something about this.

    Rhor: Apart from bringing in Onuachu, Rohr did so well in the starting line up and also in his substitutions. Bringing in Onuachu was a big mistake. I know why Rohr brought him in. Rohr actually brought him in because we were getting a flurry of corner kicks without converting any. He was brought in to use his height and do something about the corner kick opportunities. But as I said earlier, that was huge mistake by Rohr, because Onuachu came and dulled the attack and the corner kick opportunities that was falling like manna from heaven, ceased. 6/10

    In conclusion,a lot of friendly matches should be organised for this team to test and audition a lot of players to see if they are better than the ones in the first team. The time is now, because once AFCON starts in January, testing and auditioning becomes unfeasible

  • What is the big deal in loosing to CAR. Yes he lost but does the result has any effect? Conte just lost to the lowest ranked team in that conference league,Anceloloti lost to a team called Sherif Teraspol and also Mourinho Roma lost to a certain team in Europa League recently too. Does this makes all these coaches bad? Conte was even sounding a warning that he is not a magician.

  • I think the excessive criticism of Moses Simon is getting over board.For those that understand the tactical aspect of the game , the Moses Simon of Nantes is not the same Moses Simon in super Eagles colours because of the tactical formation adopted by the coach and the role he is asked to play.

    Rohr prefers the 3-5-2 system where Simon is deployed as a WING BACK with 80% defensive responsibilities as the system does not have room for a right back or left back either sides of the 3 center backs(Awazien, Balogun and Ekong) .If he get too adventurous upfront, he will leave the 3 center backs badly exposed.(it happened once during the match with Cape Verde but Balogun have to foul the attacker trying to exploit the spaces behind Simon and picked up a yellow card in the process). So his attacking instincts are sacrificed for his defensive duties.He got the role because of his big tank and stamina levels.it is not easy running the 100 meters for 90 minutes back and forth covering the channel and still be very effective.Victor Moses thrived on that role with Chelsea under conte because the team had 2 powerful defensive midfielders ( kante and one other guy) that expertly shield the back 3.We don’t have that kind of luxury with the super Eagles .So the instructions to him always is to be mindful of his defensive duties.But I agree that on the rare occasions that he pushes forward, he has to improve on his final delivery.

    Compare the above with the Moses Simon of Nantes who is an out and out winger with Nantes in a preferred attack oriented 4-3-3 formation.His instructions from the coach is to attack as the shape of his team behind him is not compromised.

    When we played Ukraine and Brazil, Rohr used the 4-3-3 system .You all can see his runs and deliveries that resulted in goals by Aribo

    So I believe reverting to our 4-3-3 system will bring out the best in our players because Nigeria game is based on strong and mesmerizing wing play with a lot of swagger.The 3-5-2 system have also left some of our best defenders on the bench.Choke and confused our midfielders.particularly Aribo and iwobi.Aribo is at his best arriving at the box for cut backs from fast wingers to score( check his goals against Ukraine and Brazil) but that aspect of his game is sacrificed now for more defensive duties .

    Those are the issues I expect the technical committee to look at.It was even more embarrassing during our last match with Cape Verde.While the visiting team understandably opted for a more offensive 4-3-3 that quickly switched to 4-2-4 while in possession and attacking, our coach ridiculously stuck to his defensive 3-5-2 system throughout, instead of switching to a more attacking 4-3-3 to press and attack higher up and keep the visitors busy with defensive duties.This handled the cape verde the attacking initiatives and they really gave it a go.The reasons why fans nearly had hypertension during the match.

    We need a coach who is tactically sound that will play a system that bring out the best in our boys like Westerhof did not this cut and join that I am seeing.

  • lanre 2 months ago

    @tayo, we didn’t even lose to Cape Verde…… instead we got a draw which was all we needed…… the funny thing is that haters felt we should have thrashed the visitors about 7-0 nd played some fanciful football……. just like we did in 2003 against Brazil nd were EFFORTLESSLY beaten 3-0 @ our own national stadium…… where JAY JAY nd KANU NWANKWO kept dribbling our opponent to no avail…….. football is about results not otherwise

  • Omo9ja 2 months ago

    After watching CAR and Cape Verde matches and still supporting Oga Rohr like this then no hope for Super Eagles if the gaffer stays.

    No wonder Nigeria is not progressing since 1960. We are still singing up NEPA song till today because of our attitudes.

    We love to deceive ourselves because of personal interests.

    We can fix the problem in our system in less than 10 years if we are ready to do so.

    We are not ready to rebuild Nigeria and this is why majority of us are running out of the country but if the abroad you people are running to people over there are also behaving like Nigerian leaders/Citizens, do you think you people will be thinking of abroad?

    NFF decided to put Oga Rohr there to deceive Nigerians but if Nigerians don’t fight their carbals, no hope for Nigeria.

    You invited Ighalo into the camp ahead of our young, smart, hottest and talented strikers? So, what did Ighalo do against Cape Verde? No1, age is not on his side and the strength also not there.

    Even during his active days, Ighalo wasn’t the kind of striker you can rely on as a good coach but NFF brought us to this and we should keep fighting the Nigeria Football Federation. Oga Rohr time is over if you want to enjoy watching good football from our Super Eagles.

    Why Ighalo? Are we lacking in that department?

    Why late subs?

    Why wrong subs?

    Oga Rohr attitude shows that the other young strikers are not good to be in that team only if Ighalo comes to their rescue, is that a coach?

    A coach that can not find a reliable play maker over the five years?

    A coach that doesn’t have a back up for his main striker?

    Still, our government officials keep fighting everyone on this forum because they are calling a spade a spade. Is anything wrong in that?

    A coach that preferred to put his best players on the bench and using his average players, is that a coach NFF are trying to take to another tournament?

    I don’t need to waste my time on this because many of us on this forum and beyond are working for the government in one way or another. I don’t expect them to say say the truth though.

    They don’t care for our country but their pockets.

    NFF should let go of Oga Rohr and Amaju so that we can we can rebuild the Super Eagles.

    Super may not win a tea cup under Oga Rohr and Amaju Pinnick. Wake up Nigerians.

    Instead to keep deceiving ourselves over Oga Rohr and Amaju, let’s give maximum support to Amunike, Egbo, Marnu Gerba, Peter Rufai and Enyeama and giving them a chance to see what they can offer Nigeria is what we are demanding from NFF.

    If you are saying the level of corruption is too much for our people and we can’t put our trust in our ex players and local coaches, wait a minute, if there is no rule and regulation in place, people will act funny but if there’s rule and regulation that guide everyone then if you act funny, you should be dealt with accordingly.

    That is what we needed in Nigeria. No transparency and you are expecting our leaders and Citizens to respect the rules of law?

    Amaju Pinnick shouldn’t have been the NFF president if we are practicing the rules of law. He was part of CAF and what happened to him when he was part of CAF? And you are now asking yourselves why Oga Rohr still remain in that position till today? Nobody is our problem but ourselves.

    Oga Rohr that was struggling against Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Cape Verde and CAR is the one you are expecting to confront the likes of Algeria, Egypt Senegal and Morocco to say the least?

    You can see now that Oga Rohr can not do wonders without Mikel and Victor Moses?

    That shows that our players are the one winning matches for Nigeria not the ability of the Super Eagles gaffer, Oga Rohr.

    No time to waste time. Amunike and co are the best to take over from Oga Rohr and Let’s use the rules of law for these coaches and NFF/our leaders and allowing transparency to reign in our system so that Nigeria can be a better place to live.

    If you like, keep supporting Oga Rohr and Pinnick but the time will definitely tell but it will be too late then. I have said
    my own. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

    Tayo, Oakfiield, Lanre, Ben don’t mind all these panic attackers. They all know that there’s no justification for them to fire a coach who as we speak is meeting his targets. We hope that once camp is thrown wide open we will know who is who. Pinnick can’t make any decision until after the AFCON. Therefore, we are looking forward to a great camping and a great outing in Cameroon.

  • JimmyBall 2 months ago

    …See my comments here arguing with my friend @Ayphillydegreat going back to 2018 yet some overbearing zeus will come to say I just started being active on CSN forum just from 2020… Lol.


    • Ayphillydegreat 2 months ago

      This article you posted was published on May 11, 2020. Just over a year ago. That wasn’t 2018.

      • Oakfield 2 months ago

        U don catch am again… Lol….. That guy called jimmy is just a Chronic liar…. Lol…

        • George 2 months ago

          @Oakfield @ben @tayo @ayphillydegreat @lanre
          What do guys think is the best way forward?