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Soccer News of Thursday, 14 April 2022


Mixed reactions over Super Eagles, Mexico friendly

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Fans of the Super Eagles are still reeling from the pain of missing out on the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar following defeat to longtime foe, the Black Stars of Ghana.

They vented their displeasure as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the team will face Mexico's El Tri in a friendly game in Texas.

“Nigeria’s @NGSuperEagles will face the El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. #SoarSuperEagles,” the Nigeria Football Federation wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, April 12.

The tweet generated a mixed bag of comments.

“Ghana has turned Nigeria into training horses, now any country uses Nigeria as a rehearsal,” @sabutujoe began, in reference to the Black Stars, who put paid to Nigeria’s World Cup aspirations.

“Let's hope this time they'll not create the same mistakes they created against Ghana,” echoed Wise-Jyc Geoffrey Mhone on Facebook. “They’ll be enjoying watching the Black Stars representing West Africa at the World Cup.”

While Nigeria will miss out on the tournament, the first in the last two editions, Mexico will be heading to Qatar after conquering the Concacaf region.

“Now teams are using us to do training for the World Cup,” noted @teepheth, in response to the NFF’s tweet. “As usual, you will take five defensive midfielders without one creative midfielder and 10 strikers to go play the friendly. You are not a serious federation.”

Other fans have taken things to heart (Tweets curated from GOAL).

“When you have no plans for your life, people will always put you in their plans. Super chickens the guinea pig for World Cup-bound teams,” responded Poco A Poco, who feels the Super Eagles are just being used by their would-be rivals.

“They hope to bounce back and then get eliminated in the upcoming Afcon qualifiers by Sudan, or Comoros. Funny,” responded Hussaini Tijjani, who also seems to have lost faith in the team.

However, not everyone has given up on the Super Eagles.

“I will be there to cheer the team on. It’s still our Super Eagles no matter what. All we need now is a good and competent foreign coach to bring back the lost glory,” said @Ayphilydegreat, who feels the team will regain its lost glory if an overseas manager is handed the reins.

Ibrahim Abdulkadir Balarabe would like to be there and support the team, even if they won’t be heading to the World Cup.

“Alright, that's very nice. I am wishing for the Super Eagles victory in the friendly game against Mexico. Please, can you take me to Arlington, Texas to watch and support Super Eagles,” he appealed.

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