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.”
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