Nigeria Super Eagles are now favorites to qualify from their Africa world cup qualification group after winning the match against Cape Verde. The match ended 2 – 1 in favor of Nigeria.
Both teams are grouped in Africa’s Group C of 2022 World cup Qualification billed to hold in Qatar. Nigeria played their first game against Liberia and won with two goals scored by Kelechi Iheanacho.
Nigeria secured their second victory courtesy of striker Victor Osimhen of Napoli’s lone strike and an own goal from Kenny Santos of Cape Verde.
Despite not having the majority of the established players due to England’s Football Association position on covid-19, the team looked solid save for a few nervy moments.
Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Libya, and Nigeria are the current African sides that have secured maximum points after matchday two. Nigeria had been tipped to sail through to next year’s Mundial before the qualifiers, but a disappointing outing in the two friendly games played a few months back set fans on the edge.
The Nigeria Football Federation had to fight off temptations to sack head coach Gernot Rohr as a result of the team’s unimpressive performance. President of NFF, Amaju Pinnick had to publicly caution Gernot Rohr on getting the desired results as he emphasized that qualification was non-negotiable.
In contrast, the team’s chances of securing the ticket to play in next year’s world cup appear high, while the chances of Gernot Rohr keeping his job remain infinitesimal.
Since taking over the helms of affairs of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, he is yet to land silverware for the team. His best with Nigeria was a third-place finish in 2019.
The coach is prominent for being the longest-serving coach of Nigeria’s football team since 2016. By the time his contract expires in 2022, he will have spent six years.
However, with an average of 1.67 points per game, Gernot Rohr remains a gaffer to reckon with in Africa.