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NFF: Eagles Won’t Underrate 2022 W/Cup Qualifiers Opponents; We’ll Resolve Contract Issue with Rohr

NFF: Eagles Won’t Underrate 2022 W/Cup Qualifiers Opponents; We’ll Resolve Contract Issue with Rohr

General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, says that the Super Eagles will not underrate any of their 2022 FIFA World Cup Africa Group C qualifiers opponents even as he expressed optimism that Nigeria will emerge from the pool, Completesports.com reports.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group C alongside Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic and Liberia. The winner of the group will qualify for the knock out phase


“I think our group looks good on the surface, but I tell you, all the countries in this group are good and tough and the Super Eagles cannot afford to underrate any one of them. There are no more minnows in African football, and as such, we must approach every game with all seriousness,” said Sanusi who was at the draw ceremony in Egypt.

“We learnt some lessons from the last AFCON in Egypt where a country like Madagascar caused some stirs by topping the group that included Nigeria. We will play all our group opponents with the respect they deserve. The ultimate is to top the group and progress to the next round of the qualifiers.”


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On the issue of fresh contract for Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, Dr Sanusi urged the media to play down on that, assuring that the contract issue would be resolved amicably, adding that it’s an employer and employee matter.

“Harping on Gernot Rohr’s contract issue is diversionary. I think we should concentrate on our AFCON qualifications matches against Sierra Leone in March and Benin republic in July,” he stated.

“We want to qualify for every competition we participate in, that is why we don’t want distractions,” the Kebbi State born administrator concluded.

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

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  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    I think say Una dy do strong head,make una no negotiate with am and Una go see hell.

  • Please let unity and peace rain in contract of GR this will make Supper Eagle to be focus and not destroy that structure that is on ground

  • Chuck 2 years ago

    I hope you guys at NFF know the right thing to do is to resolve the contract situation with Rhor and not to listen to those sand bags led by segun odegbami that are eager to see Eagles struggling to win matches.

    Eagles are a strong force in world football at the moment and with Rhor leading the charge, things will only get better.

  • Ighodaro 2 years ago

    Nigeria have a great team and I don’t see any of those team stoping Nigeria to qualify for knockouts stages.we have learnt our lesson in the last cup of nation’s.with a country like Madagascar beating Nigeria,,,,that Nonsense won’t repeat itself.

  • Edoman 2 years ago

    Give the coach all he wants. He will deliver. Don’t stop him from travelling abroad if he so desires. All the players are Nigerians doing their things abroad. Forget about what Odagbemi is saying. He is still following Giwa group to destabilize the good noble work the NFF is doing to Nigeria Football.

  • I can never thank CSN enough for allowing power to seep to the grassroots, enabling the masses to be heard. If it were in those days, akin to the Dark Age, a few disgruntled elements who think they have the prerogative to decide for us would have sent Rohr parking. Kudos to NFF for listening, though we demand as near best practice to lift our soccer.  

    It would be counterproductive to attempt to emasculate Rohr with series of restrictive clauses. He has to be free to move around and come back armed with the latest techniques. He has shown that he is a grandfather, not solely after shiny coins. Bet, our soccer will be better off   .