Nigerian Sports Minister insists on a win from Super Eagles in Freetown.
The Super Eagles will be taking on the Sierra Leonean national team in a reverse Group L fixture for the 2022 African Nations cup qualifier games.
The Minister of Sports and Development, Sunday Dare, has said that only a win would be acceptable to the Super Eagles in that match.
After expressing his disappointment in their performance in the last game, he said, ‘Nigerians have expressed a collective disappointment with the collapse of the team especially in the second half, giving up a 4-0 lead to a team that is ranked 88 times below our biggest football brand, the Super Eagles.
“I have expressed my disappointment with the result to the team and the Nigeria Football Federation. Like most Nigerians, only a convincing win in Freetown can assuage our feelings and bruised egos.
Only a win will be acceptable in Freetown’
“The task at the moment is to get the team firmly back on track towards picking one of the group’s two tickets on offer for the 2022 AFCON. A win in Freetown will seal Nigeria’s 19th participation in the African mundial.
“After this, we can now debate Mr Rohr’s suitability as we seek to return Nigeria to the pedestal of African football and one of the beautiful game’s power houses in world football.
“We will reappraise Mr Rohr’s performance since he was named as Super Eagles manager and see if he is the right man to fulfill our expectations,” said Dare at the weekend.
The Sports Minister said he is not unaware of the role the domestic league can play in actualising a Super Eagles of Nigerians’ dreams.
“The success of our endeavours in football can only be measured by the success of the domestic league. A thriving, professionally run domestic league in all cadres will impact positively on our national teams.