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Despite languishing at Group C bottom, CAR still dream Qatar 2022

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CAR at training session in Douala, Cameroon

Only Liberia, with two points lesser look like having a realistic chance of upstaging the Super Eagles. Yet the bottom-placed Central African Republic (CAR) with just a point, are not giving up.

With the second stage of the World Cup qualifying series in Africa getting into half way mark this week, the shafts are being separated from the seeds. Nigeria’s Super Eagles are holding on tenaciously to the Group C leadership after getting maximum points from the first two matches.

According to information gathered from the country’s radio station, Radio Ndeluka, Raol Savoy, the national coach, expressed confidence that his team can still make it to Qatar next year.

They have back-to-back fixtures with the Super Eagles this weekend – on Thursday in Lagos and Sunday in Douala. The Spanish-Swiss coach remarked that his team had played balanced games so far only that they were yet to win any.  

Reflecting on their first match which they forced a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde to earn their only point so far, the coach said:

” We have a lot of young people, most of whom play in Bangui and others who evolve in Europe. It is a very positive result especially in the commitment and the respect of the instructions. I am very proud of these young people of the the way they managed this match by taking the bull by the horns to succeed in taking this good point. I repeat this Cape Verde team was clearly superior in quality and experience. ” 

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Going into the second match which they narrowly lost 0-1 to Liberia in Monrovia savoy said: We must now forget about this Cape Verde match and get down to work to face Liberia. It’s a different opponent that will cause us other concerns. We also want to cause them problems. We absolutely have to get a second positive result. We must do everything to ensure that all these players are ready for Liberia to be a quality match that we can come out with a positive result.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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