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Super Eagles, Wake Up! Mediocrity Won’t Take Us to the World Cup

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Nigeria’s 1-2 loss, on Monday, to the supposedly less fancied Benin Republic in the World Cup qualifying series serves as a rude awakening for the Super Eagles and their Nigerian supporters.

Coupled with their previous 1-1 draw against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, this defeat not only highlights the team’s current struggles but also raises serious questions about the direction under coach George Finidi.

First and foremost, the real danger looms large: the prospect of missing out on yet another World Cup.

Having failed to qualify for the 2022 edition in Qatar, Nigeria now finds itself in fifth place in Group C after four matches.

With other teams outperforming them, the road to the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Canada, and Mexico seems increasingly daunting.

How art the mighty fallen! This result underscores the urgent need for a reassessment of the team’s approach and performance.

One of the focal points of scrutiny falls on George Finidi, whose appointment sparked controversy in some quarters last month.

Sadly, some of the criticisms directed at him now appear justified.

The former Enyimba boss has yet to prove himself tactically astute, evident in his questionable selection decisions and puzzling substitutions.

Dropping players like Victor Boniface, coupled with knee-jerk reactions under pressure, raises doubts about his ability to lead the Super Eagles effectively.

One can’t help but wonder if Emmanuel Amuneke, with his experience and track record, would have been a wiser choice.

Furthermore, the match against Benin Republic provided a bittersweet moment for Gernot Rohr, the former Super Eagles coach.

After managing the team for five years before his sacking in 2021, Rohr watched from the sidelines as his new African team handed his former employers a significant defeat.

It’s a stark reminder of the consequences of managerial decisions and the impact they can have on a team’s fortunes.

In light of these developments, it’s imperative for Nigerian football authorities to take decisive action.

The Super Eagles cannot afford to continue down this path of mediocrity if they have any aspirations of competing on the world stage.

There needs to be a concerted effort to address the team’s shortcomings, both on and off the field.

This defeat should serve as a wake-up call for the Super Eagles and the football federation.

With the right leadership, determination, and investment in talent development, Nigeria can reclaim its status as a footballing powerhouse and secure its place among the elite at the World Cup. The time to act is now.

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