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You have zero option, Amaju Pinnick tells Super Eagles

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NFF President Pinnick with NFF Exco Member Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Head Coach Rohr after the Super Eagles’ training session in Tangier on Friday.

Nigeria may pick the Group C ticket of the qualifying series for the World Cup if the Super Eagles beat Liberia and Cape Verde drop points in their encounter with Central African Republic on Saturday

To this end, the Nigeria Football Federation,  chieftain, Amaju Pinnick has told the player to leave no room for errors when they square up against the Lone Star of Liberia in their penultimate match of the group phase of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying race in Tangier on Saturday evening.

Speaking to the players after Friday’s official training at the impressive Grand Stade de Tangier, Pinnick charged the players to work assiduously as a team to earn the win that would lift the pressure off their shoulders going into the final group phase encounter against Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks in Lagos on Tuesday.

“I have seen the training and I am impressed by the level of seriousness, fitness and commitment.

“The spirit is great and I believe you will do the job tomorrow. Let us leave very few rooms for mistakes; in fact, no room for errors at all.

“I don’t need to start telling you how much Nigerians from all walks of life are looking forward to you picking up the three points here.

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“The three points are important and we should put them in our bags as we fly back to Nigeria tomorrow night.”

The FIFA Council Member addressed the players after another vibrant and energetic training session, this time on the turf where they take on the Lone Star in tomorrow’s encounter.

He was joined by NFF 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko; Chairman of Technical Committee,  Ahmed Yusuf; Felix Anyansi-Agwu, NFF Executive Committee Member and; Augustine Eguavoen, NFF Technical Director.

Victory in tomorrow’s game, and failure by Cape Verde to amass all three points against Central African Republic on the island of Mindelo also tomorrow, will send the Super Eagles to the knockout round of the qualifying series with a game to spare.

Nigeria are on nine points, two more than Cape Verde, meaning another three points and any form of stumble by the Blue Sharks will make the Super Eagles unassailable going into the final match on Tuesday.   

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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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