2026 World Cup: Gernot Rohr Brands It As ‘Shameful’ If Nigeria Fail to Qualify

2026 World Cup: Gernot Rohr Brands It As ‘Shameful’ If Nigeria Fail to Qualify

Babajide Orevba
updated at June 14, 2024 at 1:25 PM
  • Gernot Rohr has claime it would be shameful should Nigeria fail to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be co-hosted by USA, Canada and Mexico
  • Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 edition of the global showpiece in Qatar, and they have started their quest for the next tournament poorly
  • Rohr masterminded Nigeria's first loss of the ongoing World Cup qualifiers after the Republic of Benin defeated the Super Eagles in Abidjan

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Former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has decried the Nigerian national team's performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Nigeria's chances of picking up a ticket to the global showpiece hangs by a thread after they managed just three points from a possible 12.

The Super Eagles have failed to win any of their matches at the qualifiers, having registered three draws and one loss.

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles, Nigeria, World Cup, Benin, CAF, Finidi George
Gernot Rohr has decried the Super Eagles' performance in the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers. Photo credit: Catherine Ivill.
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After drawing 1-1 with Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, respectively, the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to Benin Republic, managed by Rohr.

Nigeria had failed to qualify for the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar after conceding the ticket to the Black Stars of Ghana.

Rohr has now suggested that it would be shameful if the Super Eagles miss the next one. The tactician said in an interview with Punch:

"I think a country like Nigeria, who missed the last World Cup after losing against Ghana, can do better now. The only disappointment for me was missing the 2022 World Cup (with Nigeria), because I was sure that we could do it after finishing first in our group.
"But they decided to change everything. If they miss another one, for such a football country with the best players in Africa, it would be a little bit shameful."

Chris Green backs Finidi George

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Nigeria Football Federation board member, Chris Green, defended Finidi George over the Super Eagles' poor performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The loss to the Cheetahs has sparked anger among Nigerian football stakeholders and fans, with many calling for the sacking of head coach Finidi and the NFF holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.