Former Super Eagles forward, Etim Esin, has warned Nigeria’s Super Eagles not to underrate any team in their 2022 FIFA World Cup group, saying that it might cost them the ticket.
The Super Eagles were drawn in the Group C of the World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic, Liberia and Cape Verde to jostle for the next stage of the qualifiers already billed to commence in October.
According to the former Under-20 star to the Chile World Youth Championship, Nigeria needs to gird their loins and play to win all the teams in their group to qualify into the next stage of the qualifiers.
Ön paper Nigeria is sure of qualifying in that group. We have the players now but we should be careful because I can see surprises with Liberia in that group. You know President George Weah will do everything to help his country qualify. He tried it as a player and he did not succeed now as the president, he will do more to support the country’s national team,”he told Sportinglife.ng.
The former player popularly called ‘Super brat Maradona’ urged Gernot Rohr boys to prepare well and play with all their hearts to see Nigeria through to the World Cup as Nigeria is the team to beat in Group C of the qualifiers.
” Nigeria is the team every team would like to beat and we should not give them the opportunity to do that. We need to put everything in place that would ensure our qualification to the World Cup. This kind of a group is loaded with surprises, “he stressed.
40 teams across the continent were drawn in Cairo, Egypt. African Cup of Nations winner Algeria will face Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso as they bid to reach the finals for the first time since 2014.
Cameroon has been paired in a tricky group with Mozambique, Malawi and former World Cup finalists, Ivory Coast. Mohamed Salah will be hoping to lead Egypt to back to back World Cups but will face a stern challenge against Gabon, Algeria and Libya in Group F.
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Group A – Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, Algeria
Group B – Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Tunisia
Group C- Central African Republic, Liberia, Cape Verde, Nigeria
Group D – Mozambique, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Cameroon
Group E – Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Mali
Group F – Angola, Libya, Gabon, Egypt
Group G – Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana
Group H – Togo, Namibia, DR Congo, Senegal
Group I – Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Morocco
Group J – Tanzania, Madagascar, Benin, Congo DR
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