Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has tasked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to organized a grade ‘A’ friendly game for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Having qualified for the AFCON tournament after topping Group L unbeaten, the team now face another quest of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Grouped alongside teams such as Liberia, Cape Verde, and Central Africa Republic (CAR), Gernot Rohr’s tutored side will be hoping the Super Eagles qualify for the Mundial.
In an interview with Completesports.ng, ‘Dodo Mayana’ as he was fondly called during his playing days, urged the football authority to organized top friendly games that will prepare the team for the task ahead.
“I think we have gotten to the point where the Nigeria Football Federation must organize a grade A friendly matches for the Super Eagles that will prepare them well for the huge task ahead of them.
“With the team already qualified for the 2022 AFCON, the next task will be to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar because that’s the main thing for Nigeria.
“To achieve this, we need to look for teams that are competitive in nature so that it will help our team to perform well in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers and even the AFCON proper.”
By Augustine Akhilomen
We really need a few friendlies before the business of world cup qualifying begins. Especially as we have so many talents we need to look at and assess.
This is the one area this NFF has done really well. Our lack of friendlies in the last year or so is down to the obvious – Covid-19. Even now, organizing a friendly would be tricky, as most countries would not want to take any risks with nothing at stake.
Let’s hope we can get at least one good friendly before world cup gbege sets.
no free FIFA window this year…all will be occupied with world cup qualifiers… friendlies will occur after afcon
There’s no International windows available for friendlies for now