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Sports Minister fumes over Super Eagles’ poor results

…summons NFF, convenes meeting over unacceptable performances and results

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan-Enoh, has demanded a detailed technical report from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) following the Super Eagles’ disappointing performance during the June FIFA window.

The Super Eagles managed to secure only one point from a possible six, following a 1-1 with South Africa in Uyo and losing 2-1 to Benin Republic in Abidjan in its third and fourth games respectively in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

These results leave the Super Eagles with a total of just three points from four games in their quest to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be jointly hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Senator Own-Enoh expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcomes, especially considering the substantial support the NFF has received from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

“The recent results are unacceptable,” Senator Owan-Enoh stated. “Despite the immense support from President Tinubu and the high expectations of Nigerian football fans, the Super Eagles have underperformed. The NFF must provide a comprehensive technical report explaining the reasons behind this poor showing,” he added.


According to a statement by Diana-Mary Nsan, SA Media to the Minister of Sports Development, on Monday, Owan-Enoh emphasised that Nigerian football fans demand and deserve answers and accountability from the NFF.

“Our supporters are passionate and devoted. They deserve an explanation for why our national team has not been performing to the expected standards,” he added.

The Minister concluded by urging the NFF to take immediate action to address the issues affecting the Super Eagles’ performance and to ensure that the team is adequately prepared for the remaining qualification matches.

“We must restore confidence in our national team and ensure that Nigeria secures its place in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, especially after the disappointment of 2022,” he added.

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