In an exclusive dialogue with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, about the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, he gave an intense analysis on why the boys need Grade A friendly matches ahead of the qualifiers.
“I think the option of Cameroon is down to Grade A friendly matxhes like I have said and Cameroon is one of the biggest African football country. They’ve got quality players and they are the first in history to have gotten to quarter-final stage in the World Cup and have been to the Mundial more than any other country in Africa and this is World Cup qualifiers we are talking about.
“We want to play top teams in Africa, so when the World Cup qualifiers gets tougher, we would be able to know whether the boys can match countries like Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt as far African countries are concerned, because they are tough countries,” he said
“Don’t forget that Cameroon will play the host Nation of Africa Cup of Nations come next year. We are actually not going into that tournament for jamboree, but we have a target and by God’s grace, it’s going to be a podium performance,” he added.
In his words, “The boys will assemble and the team will play in Australia. These are quite expensive flying the team alongside logistics just to give these boys quality friendly matches and as well make the team to be in shape.”
“The boys already know that World Cup is a tournament every player dreams to go, so with this better preparation before September, we’ll be able to be in shape knowing fully well June/July, most teams will be on break and we want them to be busy,” he revealed.
“We are still looking for more quality friendlies so that we can be sure that our team is ready for next World Cup qualifiers come September.”
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick concluded by saying better preparation will make Nigeria qualify for the World Cup