The thought of missing out once again at the FIFA World Cup is so loud among Nigerian fans after yet another poor start to the World Cup qualification campaign. After two opening rounds, Nigeria, expected to be the highlight team in Group C of the qualifiers, found themselves with just two points from the opening two matches.
The pressure is already on for the star-studded team and there is already the talk of sacking the coach following 1-1 draws with Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro has been blamed for the poor start and it will be a long road now as he tries to justify why he needs to stay on.
Nigeria, a regular at major tournaments, didn’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup and their African pomp was missed in Qatar.
The thought of missing out again isn’t going down well with the fans and the football managers in the country. For betting fans though, it can be a high season reaping from the surprise struggles to cash in on the registration bonuses and promos by betting at some of the top registered sports betting companies in Nigeria, which are profiled on Sportytrader.
Dropping four points out of six is already a bitter enough pill, but the admission by a senior Nigeria Football Federation official, Nse Essien that the FA has no capacity to sack the manager points to deeper problems for the Super Eagles.
Essien, a board member at the NFF admitted that the federation did not appoint the manager and neither is it responsible for payment of the coach’s salary. However, it is the federation that shoulders the blame for Peseiro’s failures, a clear disconnect in the operations to manage the team.
While at it, Essien did indicate that the manager hasn’t been paid for a while now. As players push on to see Nigeria improve on this bad start, there is clearly a huge task ahead, uniting the team at the height of the government and federation divide.
The two opening games of the qualifiers have been branded a great embarrassment by the NFF vice president Gbenga Elegbeleye as the KFF board plans a meeting to chart the way forward for the team in the qualifiers.
The fans have had their say clearly upon being served the two draws, and on the back of a rather poor run in build-up matches. The energies have now been turned on not helping the team get out of the current rut, but on seeing heads roll.
Social media was ablaze with the majority of calls of Peseiro’s sacking while there was sizable blame apportioned on the football managers for getting the national team to this state.
Nigeria is home to some of the greatest stars lighting up European football every week. After having to come from behind to pick two points in two matches, the dedication of these star players to the national team has also been questioned.
It bothers the fans a lot that most of the players the Super Eagles have faced in the opening two games are locally based and showing much more hunger than their own stars.
How everything pans out after this start now all depends on the NFF board meeting, even though it may not be entirely down to the federation deciding the fate of the coach.