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Soccer News of Friday, 23 December 2022


Nigeria can win the World Cup - CAF President

CAF President, Patrice Motsepe CAF President, Patrice Motsepe

CAF President, Patrice Motsepe says the Super Eagles can win the FIFA World Cup if the country focuses on youth football development.

Nigeria has appeared in six world cups with the first appearance in the USA in 1994.

Morrocco became the most successful African team after finishing fourth in the tournament in Qatar.

Ghana, Cameroon, and Senegal have all reached the quarterfinals.

While Motsepe still believes in all African teams, he says Nigeria has the potential to be world champions. He, however, noted that some things have to be put in place.

“I am absolutely confident because of the talent, God-given skills, and history of Nigerian football,” Motsepe told Channels TV.

“Nigeria is one of those countries that have the potential – not just to go to the semi-final, not just to go to the final, but to win the World Cup.

“However, they have to focus on youth football development, football facilities for boys and girls, amateur football, and football development at club level.

“They have to train coaches and train the trainers. Nigeria have to develop referees and very importantly, to make sure that we work together with the football federation in Nigeria so that they can continue the leadership that they have provided for many years.

“We are confident that Nigerian football will continue to be not just amongst the best in Africa but in the world. I know Nigeria will make us proud as it has on so many occasions in the past. Our plan is to see Nigeria in the next World Cup.”

Despite Motsepe’s words, a cloud of uneasiness floats around the national team. Portuguese Jose Peseiro just took over the Super Eagles job in May, but he has not inspired confidence.

He has lost five and won just two games since he took over, and he could be on his way out if the team does not improve.

Nonetheless, Nigeria boasts of talented players in most areas of the pitch. If Peseiro can gather his acts together, he could make the Super Eagles a strong force.