Nigeria’s journey at the World Cup, filled with expectations, disappointment, hope ended abruptly after conceding a late winner from the Argentinians. However, reactions and emotions after the match were nothing short of entertainment as Nigerians felt rigged by the officiating and demeanour of the officials throughout the game.
The Super Eagles went to the World Cup with the youngest team in the competition and performed relatively well, given the lack of experience from international caps among the side. Despite the challenges the team had, under the leadership of the NFF, Nigerians attested to the improvement the players had achieved over the months in the lead up to the World Cup Tournament
Across Nigeria, people still believe that the team lost out of the Round-of-16, due to poor officiating, with some high-held views on discrimination by the Tournament and its Officials, as other African teams had similar encounters.
In truth, Nigeria and Africa may go heads down, as no team made it beyond the group stage. Well, despite the sentimental, and high-held opinions about the Continents performance at the World Cup, especially Nigeria, all that matters is that we have learnt from our mistakes. That said, all attention will be drawn towards the eye of the Nigerian team as it prepares for Qatar 2022.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) must put I’m place adequate preparation towards 2022 to ensure all players are ready and equipped to make the Eagles Super again
By Ayooluwa Babatunde