The Super Eagles of Nigeria missed their chance to compete at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after a defeat to the Black Stars of Ghana
Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has expressed strong determination to help Nigeria secure a place at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Soccernet.ng reports.
The West African team failed to qualify for the last World Cup hosted by Qatar, suffering a disappointing loss on aggregate to their eternal rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana, in the playoff round.
Under the guidance of coach Jose Peseiro, the Super Eagles are preparing to face tough competition in the World Cup qualifiers, having been seeded in the same group with South Africa, Benin Republic, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe.
Ndidi, speaking to reporters after Nigeria’s convincing win against Sao Tome and Principe, emphasized the importance of the victory as a morale booster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
He acknowledged the disappointment of missing the last World Cup and expressed a strong commitment to ensuring Nigeria’s success this time around.
“It was painful not to play at the last World Cup in Qatar. The fans were really disappointed in us, and we can’t afford to fail them again,” Ndidi said. “We just have to keep working hard as a team, and hopefully, things will be in our favour.”
Leicester City and Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has expressed his determination to help Nigeria qualify for the 2026 World Cup
“This win (against Sao Tome and Principe) is a good one for us. It will serve as a morale booster ahead of the World Cup qualifiers,”
— Ayomide Oguntimehin (@ayo_oguntimehin) September 11, 2023
Nigeria’s journey to secure a spot at the 2026 World Cup begins with their first qualifier against the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 13.