By Wale Mustapha
Nigerian midfielder, Alex Iwobi has assured the country’s soccer faithful that the Super Eagles will strife to secure ticket to 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The three time African champions got their qualifications to the World Cup on miserable start following a back to back draw against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
The disappointing results have put them in a chase of South Africa who could go four points clear with victory over Rwanda on Tuesday.
Iwobi who was in action for the Super Eagles expressed dissapointment with the outcome apologized to Nigerians on the team’s performances just as refused to give up on their chances to qualify.
“We’re disappointed with the players we have, Nigeria is a country with a lot of quality players, we should have been able to get more points and goals,” the Fulham FC midfielder said.
“We won’t dwell on this, we’ll keep fighting till the very end to make sure we qualify. He [Head Coach Jose Peseiro ] has already said the travel was a lot for us, after the game [against Lesotho] we had to fly four hours then another three-hour coach down here which was not easy but as a player, we should not use that as an excuse.”
The Fulham midfielder blamed the time wasting antics of the Warriors on Super Eagles’ inability to complete the comeback.
“Of course they had the tactics to try and waste time to disrupt our tempo of the game so it favored them,” the former Everton player started.
“Credit to them. They are a good side but I feel like with the players we have we should have done much better.”
The Super Eagles will take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their next game of the qualifiers in 2024.
Attention now shifts to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament which gets underway in Ivory Coast in two months time.