Former Nigeria midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, has reacted to the furore trailing the Super Eagles’ 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, insisting that football is not mathematics in which permutations yield definite results, Completesports.com reports.
The Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Thursday, November 16 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
They subsequently eched out another 1-1 draw with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday, November 19 at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda.
The Nigerian team missed the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and they have started their quest to make the 2026 FIFA World Cup party on a dismal note hence triggering the ongoing fans’ remonstration.
In an interview with completesports.com, Adepoju said things that were not expected usually occur in football.
“Football is not mathematics. Everybody thinks that we should beat Lesotho and Zimbabwe and on paper that shouldn’t be the case but it has happened,” Adepoju, a 1994 AFCON winner, said in a brief chat with Completesports.com
“We just have to try much more. It happens like that in football. – things that you don’t expect.”
The Super Eagles are currently third in Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers with two points after two games in the series.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers will resume after the 2023 AFCON when the Super Eagles will host Bafana Bafana of South Africa on June 3, 20,24 and face home side, the Squirrels of Benin Republic, on June 10.
The Jose Peseiro-led side is set to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will run from January 13 to February 11 2024 in Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles are in Group A along with Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea Bissau.
By Toju Sote
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