- Maduka Okoye has lamented Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup but has assured that Super Eagles will bounce back
- The 22-year-old declared that age is still on his side and he can still make it to three World Cups in the future
- Nigeria missed out on Qatar 2022 following a 1-1 draw with the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja
Super Eagles' number one shot-stopper Maduka Okoye has expressed disappointment over the 2022 FIFA World Cup miss but declared that he can still feature in three editions of the tournament in future.
Ghana qualified for Qatar 2022 at the expense of Nigeria and Okoye lamented that the dream of playing in this year’s World Cup had been dashed.
Nigeria had finished top of their group in the second stage of the qualifying series but they were edged out in the final lap following a 1-1 draw with the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, Soccernet reports.
Ex Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu urges Nigerians not to write off Jose Poseiro based on past records
Okoye, who was born in Dusseldorf, Germany has expressed optimism and assured that the Super Eagles would return to winning ways.
“Unfortunately, the World Cup dream has burst for now.
“But if I calculate correctly, I can still qualify for at least three world championships with the team given my age. That’s why I don’t stress about it at all.
“I am very sure that we will do it again.”
Christian Chukwu wants Nigerians to be patient with Peseiro
Former Nigeria coach, Christian Chukwu has urged Nigerians to be patient with Jose Poseiro, who was recently confirmed as the new Super Eagles technical adviser.
Jose Poseiro has had largely unsuccessful spells as a football manager, with his only trophy being the Portuguese league cup which he won with Braga between 2012 and 2013.
Chukwu, who likened Poseiro to Clemens Westerhof, beckoned on supporters of the Super Eagles not to write off the Portuguese coach’s chances of achieving with the senior national team.
Peterside Idah is interested in becoming NFF president
Sports Brief earlier reported that former Nigerian international Peterside Idah has disclosed his reasons for vying for the position of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president.
The current president of the federation Amaju Pinnick has a few months left and the next election is scheduled to hold in September.
Some other ex-internationals have also indicated an interest in Pinnick’s position including Benedict Akwuegbu who has made his intentions public.