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Exclusive: Forget 2022 World Cup Failure, Focus On 2023 AFCON Qualifiers –Garba Tells NFF

Exclusive: Forget 2022 World Cup Failure, Focus On 2023 AFCON Qualifiers –Garba Tells NFF

Former Nigerian winger, Garba Lawal has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to put behind the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and focus on the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.



Recall that Nigeria failed to qualify for Qatar after the team’s ability to beat the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

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However, in an interview with Completesports.com, Garba started that the NFF should not duel too much on the World Cup but turn attention on how to make the senior national team strong again.



“I don’t think the NFF should still be thinking of Nigeria’s failure to qualify for Qatar 2022 when we know that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will commence soon, the former Roda JC star told Completesports.com.

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“Yes, it was sad that the Super Eagles won’t be at the World Cup, however, we don’t have time to start crying over spilled milk.



” Eagles will rise again in a matter of time and I know the team will make up for their mistakes.”

 

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  • M. Abbas 4 months ago

    I will continue to repeat it, the NFF needs a Garba to join the Eguavoen coaching crew to redeem the Super Eagles but they must be given at least 2 years and not 3 months. Amuneke should be delegated to u17 or 23, this is the position of Nigerians.

     
    • Rasaq 4 months ago

      Mostly as it concerns Garba Lawal teaming up with Eguavoen crew, you have my support. Good luck SE!!!

       
      • Bernard Ele 4 months ago

        @Rasaq. I read in some blog that some few people are still bitter but here you are wishing the SE good luck, God bless you jare. Up Eguavoen, Up Eagles.

         
    • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

      This is not the position of Nigerians.It is your position and your evil group

       
    • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

      This is not the position of Nigerians.It is your position and those of your evil group

       
  • Lenukwe 4 months ago

    Thank you Garba Lawal, it is obvious you believe in continuity but the problem right now is, no one is sure if Eguavoen is still interested in the Super Eagles job.

     
    • Abeni ojus 4 months ago

      @Lenukwe, if coach Eguavoen isn’t interested, NFF should beg him. As far as Nigeria is concerned today, he is the most qualified coach unless the NFF is interested in a non rated ex-players like Seyi who is only mouthing and has no recognisable credentials to put on the table.

       
      • Kelvin 4 months ago

        If you are referring to seyi olafijana then you are mistaken, his is arguably the most educated ex eagles on planet earth. Mind you am referring to his credentials

         
        • Abeni ojus 4 months ago

          Kelvin, who told you the NFF is looking for an English teacher? Tell us where Seyi Olofinjana has coached and his stats/medals.

           
    • Umanna Basse 4 months ago

      Let them beg him if he is not interested. Nigerians need him, Period!!!

       
      • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

        I am surprised people are talking like this only a few days after a failure of such monumental proportion.well I don’t believe they are not paid.until Nigeria is completely wiped out of the world football map before we will learn

         
        • It is quite obvious that some forumites are paid to comment here or they are probably agents or even covert members of the NFF

           
  • Warren Ola USA 4 months ago

    Having won an Afcon medal and taking the Supet Eagles from 36th to 30th position, fifa ranking just within a spate of few months, should tell us something good is in the offing. I think the NFF should open proper negotiation with Augustine regarding time frame and incentives after all, he only served on interim level so far. They should permanent his appointment for say 4 years so that he will begin to explore our domestic league which is very germain now that we have only 3 months to commence preparations for 2023 Afcon.

     
  • For me I think Nigeria should go for an experienced tactician like mancini

     
  • TALK UR OWN 4 months ago

    NFF HAVE NEVER BE SERIOUS ONE DAY. THEY ALWAYS EMBARKED ON FIRE BRIGADE APPROACH.
    IMMEDIATELY AFTER AFCON FAILURE:
    *** CAMEROON, GHANA DIDN’T WASTE TIME IN RESTRUCTURING THEIR TECHNICAL CREWS. AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, BOTH COUNTRIES QUALIFIED FOR WORILD CUP. NIGERIA ANNOUNCED PASEIRO AS SUPER EAGLE TECHNICAL ADVISER BEFORE AFCON SO THAT HE WILL TAKE OVER FOR WORLD CUP PLAY-OFF, BUT AT THE END, PASEIRO IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND FOR W/CUP PLAY-OFF.
    *** IVORY COAST, BURKINA-FASO, TUNISIA PUT AWAY THEIR AFCON FAILURE AND BEGIN TO PREPARE FOR 2023 AFCON QUALIFICATIONS BY PLAYING GRADE-A FRIENDLY WITH BIG COUNTRIES LIKE FRANCE, ENGLAND, POLAND. BUT NIGERIA HAVE NOT GETTING COACH PRESENTLY TALKLESS OF THINKING OF WHICH PLAYERS WILL BE INVITED FOR QUALIFICATIONS.
    WE HAVE NOT BEEN TAKING THINGS FOR SERIOUS IN THIS COUNTRY.
    GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

     
    • Caleb 4 months ago

      My brother, NFF needs to beg Augustine Eguavoen because as it stands today, no super eagles former player is as qualified or has better credentials if we are to go on merit. And sincerely speaking, we have only between now and June to play our first Afcon23 qualifier. It means preparations need to start in earnest. I hope BFF is listening.

       
      • Saturday 4 months ago

        They are free to beg him and infact, that is exactly what we want but hopefully the nff won’t cause unnecessary delay this time around.

         
      • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

        We will not beg anybody Hire a sound foreign coach or bring Thor back

         
        • Yinkus 4 months ago

          @moses don’t disturb yourself with those comment, it is coming from one and the same person.

          They are only hired to do what they are doing.

          Mouth piece period.

          Don’t take those comments serious ojare.

           
      • Lordavid 4 months ago

        All these people eguavoen paid Please on paper eguavoen is one of the worst eagles coaches ever check your record and stop coming here to talk trash

         
  • Fosodo Matthew 4 months ago

    If not for Uzoho error in the match against Ghana, almost everybody was happy but unfortunately for some, they are still bitter. But we can learn to look forward.

     
  • TALK UR OWN 4 months ago

    SENTIMENTALITY OF LOCAL NIGERIA COACHES WILL NOT MAKE ANY NIGERIA TEAMS TO SUCCEED IN ANY COMPETITIONS.
    **NFF SHOULD EMPLOY A STANDARD FOREIGN COACH THAT KNOWS ABOUT AFRICA FOOTBALL AND NIGERIA PLAYERS HOME & ABROAD. This is very important for any foreigner to succeed not just any foreigner.
    *** OR NFF SHOULD EMULATE THE PATTERN OF SENEGAL THAT EMPLOY CONSORTIUM OF FOREIGN TRAINERS assisted by TONY SYLVA & NABY TRAORE

     
    • Chike 4 months ago

      I can understand how you feel. But foreign coaches from hindsight hasn’t been a success in Nigeria. I think it was just Westerhof/Bonfere, others were failures. Painstakingly working with domestic coaches still has a better appeal and that would collaborate with the local content policy. What I think we must insist on is that the NFF should give the local coaches more time and space to perform. Here, late Stephen Keshi comes to mind.

       
      • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

        What has local content got to do with good coaching.I thing this platform has been hijacked by paid agents

         
  • Yinkus 4 months ago

    @moses don’t disturb yourself with those comment, it is coming from one and the same person.

    They are only hired to do what they are doing.

    Mouth piece period.

    Don’t take those comments serious ojare.

     
    • Kenneth 4 months ago

      @Yinkus, never mind them but I will advise you to leave the messenger and go for the message. The truth is Eguavoen remains the most qualified coach for the Super Eagles and I can understand that is what they are saying. Some have already asked, do you have a better coach other then Eguavoen for the vacant position?

       
  • Dennis 4 months ago

    Ha ha ha ha guys it is interesting. A complaint in the forum… Who do you think has better credentials compared to Augustine Eguavoen? Remain shut up if haven’t any.

     
    • Lordavid 4 months ago

      Please what credentials does eguavoen have let’s hear it what has he won no local coach is good enough for eagles

       
  • Ikolo Melvs 4 months ago

    Don’t mind the fool he has nothing to contribute apart from insulting those who are better than his tribe. The moment he hears NFF he begins to run mad. I wish I know the criteria the NFF is going to use to appoint a local Technical Adviser otherwise, Eguavoen seem suited.

     
    • Yinkus 4 months ago

      Ikoko,una money will soon be finished and you guys will leave Nigeria football alone.
      You guys should enjoy those paid money while it last.

      As far we true fans is concern we don’t want egu near eagles’job again.

      A sound foreign coach is what eagles deserve not a mediocre.

      Feel free to call me names @ ikoko

       
  • Ok’boy, paid commenters don invade CSN forum to try to distort and hijack popular opinion. Never believed Eguavoen, agents or fans will resort to this. Desperation?

     
    • Vincent 4 months ago

      Ok sorry.

       
    • Moses Inyang 4 months ago

      I see why Nigeria never makes progress.sycophants and boot lickers everywhere.so this gigantic failure called eguavon is better than every other coach on earth? What is Garba lawal coaching qualification?what clubs/countries has he coached before?you think coaching is the same as cattle rearing

       
    • @Kel,
      Who is your preferred coach if not Austin Eguavoen? Make sure you have facts.

       
  • Yinkus 4 months ago

    No let us face it,how does it even sound in the hearing of those people like NFF should just go and begg egu again if he is still interested.

    Haba!!!

    If not for ban siasia is way better tactically and technically than egu.

    Let us rather start building with finidi and olofinjanan combo.

    We had enough of egu,amunike,agu,and yusuph.

    It is only dog that goes back to its vomit.

     
    • Abeni ojus 4 months ago

      With due respect to the coaches you mentioned, have you bothered to check on Olofinjana’s credentials? Or you think the Nff will just go and pick anybody?

       
      • Raphael 4 months ago

        I said it sometimes ago that Seyi Olofinjana’s credential doesn’t even inspire confidence. Finito, and Amuneke could start with u17, Golden Eaglets.

         
      • Yinkus 4 months ago

        With what credential did that NFF apoint yobo with @Abeni?

        You guys will see truth and call it lies.

        I repeat it if we must go for local caoch i prefer finidi and seyi combo.

        You guys should not preach egu to us again.

         
    • Abeni ojus 4 months ago

      At what point did you dropped the call for a sound foreign coach?

       
  • Joseph 4 months ago

    Who FIFA ranking help

     
  • Ako AMADI 4 months ago

    Do not forget and put away the past as Garba Lawal suggests. Only primitive men did that. No country goes forward without learning lessons from the past.

     
  • Lordavid 4 months ago

    Please what credentials does eguavoen have let’s hear it what has he won no local coach is good enough for eagles

     
  • http://www.owngoalnigeria.com, former Cameroonian coach considered as SE coach. Hmmm we dey watch.what do we know about this coach or is it bcs he coached Cameroon?

     
  • Ralph 4 months ago

    I don’t understand why people will start attacking the NFF on here , while there are people who still advocate for a coach who lack basic knowledge of coaching, I mean how can someone be advocating a four years contract for a coach like this ? are you not worst that Pinnick himself? Nigerian football is built on a feeble foundation and it need reconstruction, imaging a technical director who has a zero coaching technical ability , what input will he bring into the system?