The Super Eagles will do well not to
underrate any of their Group C
opponents of the African qualifying
Second Round for the Qatar 2022 World Cup which consist of Cape verde, Central African Republic and Liberia, Completesports.com reports.
Nigeria will fight it out for a ticket with the three countries after the draws were conducted by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on Tuesday with Cape Verde posing to be the major threat.
Cape Verdean national team also known as the Blue Sharks have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but were in the 2013 and 2015 African Cup of Nations in which they did not lose any of their six group matches.
They also managed to secure their first ever berth in the finals of the AFCON in 2013 by defeating a more illustrious Cameroonian side 3-2 on aggregate while they reached the quarterfinals in their maiden appearance.
Cape Verde was colonized by Portugal and as a result, they play the Portuguese way and don’t allow their opponents to dominate them, they are an attacking side who have Julio Tavares of Dijon in France as talisman.
Another team that the Super Eagles will have to be up and doing against are the Wild Beasts or Central African Republic whose skipper is none other than Valencia of Spain midfielder, Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Kondogbia is the soul and heart of the Central African Republic (CAR)
squad and this season, the 31-year-old versatile player has scored once in 15 appearances across all competitions for Valencia, including three in the UEFA Champions League.
In 2018, Kondogbia who has played for Lens, Sevilla, Monaco and Inter Milan was cleared by FIFA to swap national allegiances to play for CAR. The 26-year-old played five times for France and helped the European nation win the 2013 Under-20 World Cup.
By Oluyemi Ogunseyin