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Nigeria Calls for Meeting with Football Federation After World Cup Qualifying Loss

The esteemed Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has called for an in-depth technical report from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in light of the Super Eagles’ lackluster results during the June FIFA window.

Diana-Mary Nsan, the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, revealed this information in a statement on Monday.

In the recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the Super Eagles only managed to gather one point out of six, ending in a 1-1 tie with South Africa in Uyo and suffering a 2-1 defeat against the Benin Republic in Abidjan. These were their third and fourth matches in the series, respectively.

With these outcomes, Finidi George’s team stands at a mere three points after four matches, jeopardizing their chances of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, set to be co-hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

The minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcomes, stating, “The recent results are unacceptable.” He continued, “In spite of the substantial backing from President Tinubu and the lofty expectations of Nigerian football enthusiasts, the Super Eagles have fallen short. The NFF is obligated to submit a thorough technical report that clarifies the causes of this subpar performance and to justify why there shouldn’t be repercussions for the disappointment felt by the government and Nigerians at large.”

Furthermore, he remarked, “Our fans are fervent and loyal. They merit a justification for the Super Eagles’ substandard performances, especially following the previous AFCON.”