Ndidi Fires Warning to South Africa and Benin Ahead of 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

Ndidi Fires Warning to South Africa and Benin Ahead of 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

Chukwu Ikechukwu
May 15, 2024 at 2:11 PM
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  • Wilfred Ndidi is looking forward to the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June
  • The Leicester City midfielder has fired a warning to South Africa and Benin
  • Nigeria is currently place third in Group C after Rwanda and Bafana Bafana

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Wilfred Ndidi has stated the Super Eagles are focused on securing all three points in their forthcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Republic of Benin, scheduled for June.

The three-time African champions face two must-win games against Bafana Bafana and the Squirrels after dropping points in their first two games in the qualifying series against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

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Nigeria and South Africa last faced off in the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in February. Photo by MB Media.
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According to Complete Sports, Ndidi has sent a warning to both of Nigeria’s opponents in June, giving assurances that the Super Eagles are determined not to slip up again in the qualifiers.

"We know how important those two games are to us and we won’t allow it to slip away. It will be tough games, not easy ones but we shall see to it that we do not slip again."

The Super Eagles will host South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on June 7, before traveling to Ivory Coast to tackle Benin a few days after.

South Africa can win Nigeria - Williams

Meanwhile, South Africa goalkeeper, Rowen Williams is confident Bafana Bafana can cause a massive upset in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers by beating Nigeria in Uyo, Daily Post reports.

The Mamelodi Sundowns goalie draws his optimism from Bafana's victory against the Super Eagles the last time both teams played at the Uyo stadium, where they secured a memorable victory.

Nigeria won four times in their past 10 meetings with South Africa, with the Super Eagles also knocking Huge Broos’ team out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the semi-finals.

Finidi wants World Cup ticket

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, wants the World Cup ticket and has disclosed that his main target is to lead Nigeria to the 2026 Mundial.

With a plethora of expertise and a successful track record, he is determined to lead the Super Eagles to a triumphant return on the global stage after the team missed out on the 2022 edition.

The 53-year-old’s appointment as Super Eagles coach has made him the highest-paid indigenous coach in Nigerian football history, reportedly earning a whopping N15 million each month.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..