Nigeria vs South Africa: Sports Minister, Enoh sends message to Super Eagles

Nigeria vs South Africa: Sports Minister, Enoh sends message to Super Eagles

The Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh, has called on the Super Eagles to shift their focus from the recent African Cup of Nations, AFCON, and concentrate on the crucial task of securing a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles are set to face Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Friday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

However, Enoh said Nigeria must approach the tie as a make-or-break one, as victory will put the team back on track for qualification.

“The FIFA World Cup is the biggest showpiece in football,” Enoh said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“We cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup again. The disappointment of missing the last tournament, especially after the disappointing home match against the Black Stars, must drive us to ensure we qualify this time.”

Enoh urged all stakeholders, including players, coaches, and support staff, to be fully committed to the qualification campaign.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup,” he added.

“I urge the players to get the job done in the first half of the game by scoring early goals, so they are not under pressure in the second half.

“The upcoming match against South Africa is critical,” Senator Enoh said. “The players need to put the AFCON glory behind them and concentrate fully on this task. Early goals will be key to taking control of the game and ensuring a less pressured second half.”

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