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W/Cup Qualifiers: South Africa Game A Second Chance For Nigeria – Eagles Media Aide

Nigeria drew their first two games in the qualification race and are now in fourth on the Group C log after the Benin Republic defeated Rwanda in their third match on Thursday.


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Super Eagles spokesman Promise Efoghe says Nigeria’s game against South Africa in a 2026 World Cup qualifier is a chance for the team to make amends in the race to the football fiesta. 

Nigeria drew their first two games in the qualification race and are now in fourth on the Group C log after the Benin Republic defeated Rwanda in their third match on Thursday.

While Rwanda top the group with four points, the same as the Cheetahs who are second, Nigeria has a chance to leapfrog the leaders if they beat South Africa on Friday, a feat Efoghe believes is possible.

“The Super Eagles will not go into this game overconfident. They will play a bit cautiously. But one thing that is very important for them is to ensure that they get back the confidence of Nigerians knowing very well that the start of the qualifying campaign has not been very smooth. Two games, two draws. That’s not where the Super Eagles should be –  currently number four on the table behind the Benin Republic, Rwanda, and South Africa themselves,” he said on Friday’s edition of Channels Television’s The Morning Brief. 

“But there’s always a second chance and tonight’s game will provide a second chance for the Super Eagles. All they need to do is to get a maximum point and they shoot to the top of the table. I’ve always said on programmes that these boys are ready to catch up with the rest of the group and not just catch up, but overtake them.”

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‘An Inspiration’

Nigeria missed out on the last World Cup in Qatar, losing the ticket to eternal rivals Ghana.

Since then, the Super Eagles reached the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final after which Jose Peseiro bowed out as the team’s head coach, paving the way for a former Nigerian star George Finidi.

According to the team’s spokesperson, having failed to feature at the 2022 World Cup, the Super Eagles are determined not to let lightning strike twice.

“The Super Eagles missed out at the last World Cup, the first World Cup in the Middle East. They do not want that to happen again. And so, 2026 is one tournament that these boys want to play in.

“Many of them have not tasted World Cup action before, but they are playing under a coach who has played two World Cups during his playing days. And that alone is an inspiration for them.”