Former Nigeria Goalkeeper Confident of Super Eagles World Cup Qualification Chances

Former Nigeria Goalkeeper Confident of Super Eagles World Cup Qualification Chances

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at June 13, 2024 at 6:04 PM
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  • Nigeria are yet to register a win in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and are at risk of missing a second straight tournament
  • After drawing with Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in their first two matches, they suffered a frustrating defeat to Benin
  • Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Alloy Agu, has admitted the difficult task in front of the team but is not giving up just yet

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Nigeria's 2026 World Cup chances are in jeopardy following recent results.

The Super Eagles' draw with South Africa and defeat to Benin left them without a win in their first four matches in the qualifiers.

Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Alloy Agu, acknowledges that the last two matches have not been good enough but is not giving up.

Victor Osimhen, Nigeria, Finidi George, 2026 World Cup, Benin, Alloy Agu
Victor Osimhen and Nigeria have a way to go to reach the World Cup. Photo by Visionhaus.
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Nigeria missed the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and missing out in 2026 will be a major blow to one of the best teams on the continent.

Finidi George's team are fifth in Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with three points from four games. Rwanda, South Africa, Benin, and Lesotho are above the three-time Africa Cup of Nations champions.

Six games remain, but their next clash will be against Rwanda in March 2025.

Agu positive about Nigeria's chances

Agu played for the Super Eagles in the 1990s and was part of the team that won the 1994 AFCON. He weighed in on Nigeria's recent form and expressed his confidence in the country's chances.

“Yes, I agree that the last two results against South Africa and Benin were a big blow to Nigeria’s World Cup ambitions. But then, it will be wrong to write off the Super Eagles at this stage," he said per Complete Sports.

Agu is not panicking despite a worrying run of results.

“I am still optimistic that the team will pick the ticket for the World Cup. It may be a tough challenge, but Nigeria knows how to rise to the occasion when the chips are down. It is not over yet because the Nigerian spirit will be invoked and the impossible in the eyes of many will be achieved.”

Sodje wants Finidi sacked

Sports Brief earlier reported on former Nigeria star, Sam Sodje, launching a vicious attack on Finidi following the defeat to Benin.

Sodje said Finidi should be fired since the team is not getting results, highlighting that the former Ajax man is not the right man for the job.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.