Sports Minister charges NFF to qualify Nigeria for World Cup

Sports Minister charges NFF to qualify Nigeria for World Cup

Chief Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports has called on the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the Super Eagles qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Chief Dare gave the charge on Sunday during the Extraordinary Congress of NFF in Benin, Edo State. 

The Super Eagles will commence their 2022 World Cup qualifications with double header matches in September against Liberia and Cape Verde.

Chief Dare who was represented by his Media Aide, Kola Daniel at the Congress noted that the NFF must draw plans to make the country’s youth teams participate and perform well at age grade competitions adding that the Federal Government would soon inaugurate a committee that will draw up a 10 year master-plan for football development in Nigeria. 

“I wish to use this medium to urge the football family most especially the NFF about the World Cup qualification which is at the door step. We are starting our first World Cup qualifying match  early next month and it is expected that we take the matches seriously and prepare very well so that we can as well qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

“We have two matches to play in the month of September, the match against Liberia and Cape Verde. I want to state here that we should avoid permutations at the dying minute. We should get ready to pick maximum points when needed at the early stage of the qualifiers so that we will not find ourselves in a tight corner.

“Consequently, I want to also use this medium to wish you a fruitful deliberation in your Congress and come out with plans that can as well bring about the growth of football in the country. The grassroot football should be one of your major focus so we can as well present a formidable team that would bring about podium performance in the U-17 and U-20.

The NFF remains the lead organization in football development and it must retool for the work ahead. I am sure this NFF leadership can do it if they want to do it.

The FG Committee on 10-year football master-plan will soon be announced.

“If you can genuinely put the country at heart in your Congress, we will continue to get it right as far as football is concerned. I wish you great deliberations.

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